Air Canada’s upcoming flight service between Vancouver and Brisbane, Australia has been upgraded to a daily flight service due to high demand.
The new route, which was originally scheduled to only fly three times weekly, will use the airline’s new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.
“Customer response to our announcement of the only non-stop flights between Canada and Brisbane has been very positive, and we thank federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau for the revised bilateral agreement which enables us to increase our presence in this important Asia-Pacific market,” said Benjamin Smith, President of Air Canada Passenger Airlines, in a statement.
Flights will depart Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 11:45 p.m. and arrive at Brisbane Airport (BNE) at 7:15 a.m. two days later (timezone differences) while flights from BNE will leave at 10:40 a.m. and arrive at 7:15 a.m. the same day. The first flight will depart on June 17, 2016.
“This expanded service also underscores Vancouver International Airport’s importance and attractiveness,” Smith continued. “The seamless connections made possible for visitors by its in-transit pre-clearance facilities, combined with our extensive domestic and U.S. network radiating from Vancouver, position Vancouver to be the preferred gateway hub for trans-Pacific travel to and from North America.”
YVR is projected to reach a record 20 million passenger count by the end of 2015, up from 19.4 million in 2014 and 17.97 million in 2013. The resurgence of the air travel and cruise ship industry, low Canadian loonie, Vancouver’s role as the host of a number of major events and conferences, and the addition of numerous new flights are key factors.
Additional new and expanded flight routes will likely be announced in 2016 – another strong year for the airport is expected. By 2020, YVR projects it will reach a 25 million annual passenger count, which will prompt the need for a major terminal building expansion.