MALAYSIA Airlines will tonight return to Brisbane for the first time in three years in a $100 million boost to the Queensland economy.
After the tragedies of MH17 and MH370, Malaysia Airlines suspended Brisbane services in 2015, but the carrier is back with flights to the Queensland capital four times a week in a move which could deliver an extra 60,000 visitors a year to the Sunshine State.
Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the new flights would be a big boost to the state’s economy.
“Welcoming this international airline back to Queensland is a major coup for our state’s tourism industry, injecting millions into the economy and supporting up to 240 jobs annually,” she said.
“This route gives travellers the opportunity to pick Queensland as their gateway to Australia.
“These flights will help us grow our share of key Asian and European markets by tapping into Malaysia Airlines’ extensive network.”
Malaysia Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Arved von zur Muehlen said Australia was one of the airline’s biggest markets and Brisbane was an important destination.
“We are excited to be returning to Brisbane to offer passengers better connectivity with our four times weekly direct flights into the city. At the same time, this is to also encourage passengers to explore Malaysia, which is famous for its rich attractions,” he said.
Source: The Courier Mail