Cathay Pacific Airways has announced more frequent direct flights to Brisbane and Cairns in summer 2017-18.

The airline will replace the current four time weekly one-stop service to Brisbane via Cairns with direct flights to both cities over the holiday peak period from October through to March. The change in flights means that Queensland’s capital will receive 11 non-stop flights from Hong Kong each week, while Cairns will be served non-stop flights three times a week.

Nelson Chin, General Manager Southwest Pacific, Cathay pacific, says the direct services will depart at new times to provide

better connections for passengers.

“For example CX146 which used to depart from Cairns at 2.55pm and arrive into Hong Kong at 8.10pm will depart at 8.05am and arrive at 1.20pm, enabling greater connections to London (under 22hrs), New York and Shanghai,” he said.

Brisbane Airport CEO and Managing Director, Julieanne Alroe says that the increase in direct flights will drive tourism throughout the state and will offer locals even more options for their business and holiday travel plans.

Brisbane Airport Corporation works closely with its airline partners to increase services into Queensland and to drive economic growth throughout the state,” she said.

Norris Carter, Cairns Airport Chief Executive Officer welcomed the announcement as good news for Queensland.

“It is a boost for the whole state that Cathay Pacific’s Queensland operations have been strong enough to increase capacity,” Mr Carter said.

“With three non-stop Cathay Pacific flights between Hong Kong and Cairns each week, all seats on these flights can be available for visitors to the Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region.”

In addition to the new non-stop flights which will be serviced by A330’s, Brisbane’s existing daily flight will be served by the A350 from 26 March 2017.