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Malaysia Airlines set to return to Queensland skies

February 14, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Malaysia Airlines will fly between Kuala Lumpur and Brisbane four times a week in a move that will inject more than AUD 98 million into the Queensland economy over the next three years.

The service will use an A330-300 with up to 290 seats, operating every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 6 June 2018.

MH135 will depart Kuala Lumpur at 9.50am and will arrive Brisbane at 7.55pm the same day. The return flight, MH134 will depart Brisbane at 11.20pm and arrive Kuala Lumpur at 5.50am the next day.

Queensland’s Innovation and Tourism Industry Development Minister, Kate Jones, said a consortium led by Tourism and Events Queensland and including Tourism Australia and Brisbane Airport Corporation secured the flights, which are forecast to bring more than 60,000 additional tourists to Queensland each year.

“Not only will these flights bring tens of thousands of tourists to Queensland and inject millions into the economy, they’ll also support up to 240 jobs which means this deal will be much more than just a boost to the tourism industry,” Jones said.

“Through the Queensland Government’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, Tourism and Events Queensland and its partners have again been able to secure an important airline on an important route, giving travellers another way to come here and enhancing the reputation of Brisbane Airport.

“Malaysia Airlines are a renowned global airline and Kuala Lumpur is a thriving international hub – these flights will open a gateway for thousands of travellers to come to Queensland and experience the Great Barrier Reef, our world-heritage listed rainforests, our iconic beaches and the Outback.”

Malaysia Airlines A300-300

Jones said Queensland’s state government had already secured new international flights bringing an additional 740,000 seats and injecting AUD 570 million into the state’s economy every year.

“We’ll continue to invest in Queensland’s AUD 25 billion tourism industry with AUD 48 million to set up the Attracting Tourism Fund to bring more direct flights and cruise ships to Queensland.”
Welcomed the route, Australia’s Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister, Steven Ciobo, said it was great “to see this service has been reinstated, as a key aviation priority for us for some time.

“Tourism Australia has provisionally committed funding as matched-marketing support for this route, under the Queensland Government’s Aviation Attraction Investment Fund,” Ciobo said.

“Malaysia is one of our key international tourism markets, and Malaysian travellers spent AUD 137 million more in Australia in the year to September, totalling AUD 1.4 billion, an increase of 11%.

“The flight service will allow us to attract more visitors from Malaysia, to grow the crucial tourism sector, boosting the economy and driving local jobs.”

Brisbane Airport Corporation chief executive and managing director, Julieanne Alroe, pointed out that Malaysia Airlines’ return would not only provide “a convenient, direct connection to Kuala Lumpur” but would also give travellers access to Malaysia Airlines’ extensive network including India, South East Asia and the UK.

“Additionally, these flights are expected to bring more than 60,000 international visitors to Queensland each year, many of which will travel onwards to some of Australia’s most desirable tourist destinations via Brisbane Airport’s comprehensive regional network of any airport in Australia.

“All in all, it is another significant step for the city and state in positioning Brisbane as a major Asia Pacific centre and the future gateway to Australia.”

Tickets are already on sale, with Malaysia Airlines set to begin flying between Kuala Lumpur and Brisbane in June.

Written by Peter Needham

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