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Brisbane Airport Summer Seat Bonanza

October 21, 2015 Airport No Comments Email Email

Australian and international travellers will have an abundance of additional fight options to and from Brisbane Airport(BNE) this summer as all four major carriers in Australia commit a massive 480,000 additional seats to the BrisbaneDomestic market on key trunk and leisure routes.

Between late October 2015 and March 2016 the additional capacity will be delivered through extra services and the up-gauging of aircraft on certain routes to meet expected demand.

Julieanne Alroe, BAC CEO and Managing Director, said the significant amount of capacity added during the year’s busiest travel period reinforces the strength of the Queensland market and BNE’s convenience and connectivity to the best parts of Australia.

“When airlines consider their seasonal scheduling options, it makes good sense to allocate resources where the demand is expected, so if these capacity increases are anything to go by, we expect an exceptionally busy summer with hundreds of thousands of travellers travelling to and through Brisbane, which is great for everyone,” Ms Alroe said.

The additional capacity includes Qantas increasing its Brisbane-Sydney frequency by 23 return services per week of which 10 will be operated with A330-200 aircraft, providing an additional 10,300 seats per week.

QantasLink’s changes include up-gauging some of its Brisbane-Hamilton Island services from a turbo prop to a B717-200 aircraft, creating an additional 400 seats per week and adding 600 seats to the Brisbane-Newcastle route.

Virgin Australia is adding additional services to its  Brisbane-Perth and Brisbane-Sydney routes creating an additional 1,050 and 1,760 weekly seats respectively, while also up-gauging its Brisbane-Canberra service to a larger B737-800 aircraft, resulting in an additional 600 seats per week.

Jetstar has committed 50,000 extra seats between Brisbane and Sydney over the summer, while adding an additional 10,000 seats between Brisbane and Cairns. Another 10,000 seats are set to be added on a number of other routes.

Tigerair has committed 74,000 more seats, spread over the five routes it operates to/from Brisbane, including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Cairns and Darwin.  

Airline Route (return) Aircraft Additional seatsOctober 2015 –

March 2016

Additional weekly seats
Qantas BNE-SYD  



226,600 10,300
QantasLink BNE-HTI  


Dash8 Q400

8,800 400


BNE-NTL Dash8 Q400 13,200 600


BNE-SYD A320 50,000 2,270


BNE-CNS A320 15,000 680


BNE-VARIOUS A320 10,000 450

Virgin Australia

BNE-CBR B737-800 13,200 600

Virgin Australia

BNE-PER B737-800 23,100 1,050

Virgin Australia

BNE-SYD B737-800 38,720 1,760

Virgin Australia

BNE-ADL B737-800 8,580 390
Tigerair BNE-SYD/ MEL/ ADL/ DRW/ CNS A320 74,000 3,740
ALL   481,200 21,900


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