Taiwan’s national carrier, China Airlines, will put its Taipei-Brisbane and Brisbane-Auckland services on a daily schedule from December.
The airline, which has flown to Brisbane Airport (BNE) from Taipei since 2003, currently flies between the two cities four times a week.
Julieanne Alroe, the CEO and managing director of Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), says the additional services are necessary to meet growing demand.
“The Taiwanese visitor market to Brisbane has grown consistently in the last few years with passenger numbers jumping by more than 10,000 new travellers every year since 2013 to just under 100,000 (inbound and outbound) in 2016,” she says.
“China Air’s new seven days a week schedule with an evening departure from Taipei is also attractive to Australian business travellers looking for options to conduct their work in Asia and return home on a convenient overnight flight.”
Ray Chang, the general manager of China Airlines’ Brisbane branch, says the increased schedule is an affirmation of the airline’s commitment to Queensland.
“The relationship between Queensland and Taiwan continues to strengthen with more and more people travelling between the two states for business and pleasure and we are pleased to be able to provide a direct daily connection from November,” he says.
“The new schedule is perfect for travellers looking to fly conveniently up to Asia, over to Europe or across to North America.
“China Airlines also connects with 12 points in Japan, delivering travellers from Queensland right to the doorstep of the ski-fields in full service comfort with baggage and meals all included.
“Our evening departure from Brisbane to Taipei means travellers can relax overnight and make easy onwards connections the next morning.”
China Airlines operates a modern Airbus A330 aircraft to Brisbane, with the flight continuing on to Auckland each day.