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.
New and improved major YVR routes 2015/2016
- March 15, 2015: Manila, Philippines and New York City, U.S.A. – Philippine Airlines adds four weekly flights to its route from Manila to NYC, with a stop in Vancouver.
- March 29, 2015: Paris, France – Air France begins three times weekly non-stop flight service, with five times weekly schedules during the summer months.
- May 1, 2015: Osaka, Japan – Air Canada Rouge begins five times weekly service to Kansai International Airport.
- June 26, 2015: Kungming, China – China Eastern Airlines begins three times weekly flight service via Shanghai.
- December 9, 2015: Mexico City, Mexico – Aeromexico to begin daily non-stop flight service.
- January 1, 2016: Orlando International Airport – WestJet to begin twice weekly non-stop flight service.
- January 20, 2016: Orlando-Sanford International Airport – National Airlines to begin two times weekly flight service.
- May 1, 2016: London Heathrow Airport – British Airways to use an AirBus A380 superjumbo jet for its existing daily non-stop London Heathrow Airport service. The A380 will only be used during the summer months.
- May 6, 2016: London Gatwick Airport – WestJet to begin six times weekly non-stop flight service.
- May 9, 2016: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport – Air Canada to begin twice daily, non-stop service to San Jose.
- June 4, 2016: Chicago O’Hare International Airport – Air Canada to begin daily, non-stop service.
- June 6, 2016: San Diego International Airport – Air Canada to begin daily, non-stop service.
- June 10, 2016: Dublin Airport – Air Canada to begin seasonal non-stop flight service.
- June 17, 2016: Brisbane, Australia – Air Canada to begin daily non-stop flight service.