BNE and LAX will once again be connected when Qantas services between Brisbane and Los Angeles resume today after a two-year hiatus.
The five times per week direct services will be operated on an A330-200 aircraft, with flights departing BNE at 10:00am and departing LAX at 10:20am.
Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff said the return of the US market was another important step in restoring, and growing, Queensland’s direct connections with the world.
He said the US market would be vital to the State’s recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism, trade and freight sectors.
“Being able to reconnect with the west coast of America after 24 long months is incredible news for Queensland, and I have no doubt the pent-up demand for travel, in both directions, will see these services fill quickly,” Mr De Graaff said.
“California is the largest state source market for US visitors to Australia. These services will allow American visitors to begin their Australian trip in Brisbane before taking advantage of BNE’s extensive domestic network to visit the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays or other interstate destinations.
“The easy road connections between BNE and the Gold and Sunshine coasts also make this the ideal Australian entry point for travelling Americans.”
“Qantas’ longstanding commitment to the state has always reflected its origins as a Queensland airline. Prior to the pandemic plans were well advanced on direct services to San Francisco and Chicago. We hope to see these plans become a reality once again, later this year.