Taiwanese airline EVA Air will more than double its flights between Brisbane and Taiwan, with the launch of a five-times-weekly year round service from October.
The airline will also change its scheduled departure time from Brisbane, enabling shorter and simpler transfers across its global network at its home hub, Taipei’s Taoyuan Airport.
The new flights, to depart Brisbane on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, are expected to deliver around 22,800 more Taiwanese visitors to Queensland each year.
Taiwanese passenger numbers to Brisbane have already been on an uptick. In 2015, they jumped 17 per cent, to just under 82,000 for the year.
EVA Air has flown to Brisbane for 23 years. Last year, EVA was named one of the world’s top three safest airlines, alongside Qantas and Cathay Pacific.
Julieanne Alroe, Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO and Managing Director, is excited to see the airline raise their Brisbane schedule to a new level.
“This will surely see their patronage, especially from the all-important corporate market, grow in leaps and bounds,” she says.
“Brisbane Airport is EVA Air’s only port in Australia and we’re pleased that our extensive network offers EVA Air passengers the perfect gateway to 42 destinations across Australia.
“EVA Air has always been one of BNE’s best cargo handling airlines. This extra flight capacity comes with a boost to cargo capabilities for Queensland exporters to extend the reach of our goods around the globe.”
Tourism Minister Kate Jones says the new schedule will ensure Queensland “remains a destination of choice for visitors from Taiwan and important markets served by its carriers such as Japan, Korea and North America”.
From Wednesday 5 October, EVA Air Services to Brisbane will arrive at 9:50am and depart at 11:45am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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