New Tokyo service flies into Brisbane
A new daily Virgin Australia service from Tokyo to Brisbane is expected to boost visitor numbers when it begins next year.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner welcomed the announcement of a new direct flight path to Brisbane.
“A direct flight from Tokyo’s Haneda airport to Brisbane means even more visitors will step off the plane in Brisbane and see all the wonderful things our city has to offer,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Increased tourism will benefit the economy and create more jobs, while allowing even more people to experience our fantastic climate and outdoor lifestyle.
“There’s so much to see and do right here in Brisbane and I look forward to welcoming even more tourists, when the direct route is established.”
Virgin Australia Group Managing Director and CEO Paul Scurrah said the new service would provide significant benefits.
“We’re thrilled to be announcing our new Brisbane – Haneda daily service from 29 March next year and bringing much needed competition to a monopoly market. The Brisbane – Haneda market has a strong growth outlook and our research has shown this route will have significant benefits for business and leisure travellers, the tourism industry, and the Australian economy.
“All Australians can enjoy our new Japan service but we’re particularly pleased to be flying out of our home base of Brisbane, and giving local residents even more reasons to visit Japan and enjoy our best value fares and award-winning service.”
Brisbane Airport Corporation Chief Executive Officer Gert-Jan de Graaff said the announcement was a great win for the airport.
“This new Virgin Australia service will be the first direct connection between Queensland and Haneda Airport, the primary international airport serving Tokyo, and the first new airline capacity between Japan and Queensland since 2015.
“We applaud Virgin Australia’s decision to expand long-haul services to and from Brisbane Airport, which not only improves connectivity for travellers in Queensland, but ensures travellers from across their broader network in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific now also have choice and access to competitive and direct international flights to Japan.
“Japan is a foundation and a core tourism market and trading partner for Queensland so the benefits of increased access to and from Japan will ripple throughout the state, from the Gold Coast, to Cairns and to the Outback.
“This service was only secured through the collective efforts of Brisbane Airport Corporation in close collaboration with Tourism and Events Queensland, Trade and Investment Queensland, Destination Gold Coast and the Japanese Chambers of Commerce, among others. It’s been a real team-Queensland effort.”
The announcement of the new route follows Qantas’s decision to start non-stop Dreamliner flights from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco next year.