Delta to launch direct Brisbane to Los Angeles service from December

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Delta Air Lines will launch direct flights from Brisbane to Los Angeles with three services a week starting in December.

Brisbane now has more flights to the US than before 2019, with Qantas, United and American Airlines all offering direct services across the Pacific. Air Canada also offers a direct service to North America.

Queensland’s $200 million attracting aviation investment fund helped seal the Brisbane deal.

Deputy Premier and Trade Minister Cameron Dick said the arrival of Delta brings greater competition leading to lower fares for travellers.

“The increased services should also put downward pressure on airline prices while providing more opportunities for Queensland’s exporters to tap into the world’s largest economy,” he said.

Tourism Minister Michael Healy said there was strong demand from US travellers to head to Queensland.

“The US was Queensland’s third largest visitor market in 2019, so we know there is a real appetite from Americans to travel to Queensland and enjoy our great lifestyle and iconic visitor experiences,” he said.

Brisbane Airport CEO Gert-Jan de Graaf said Brisbane was seeing unprecedented interest from US carriers ahead of the Olympics in 2032.

“I’m not sure if it is the upcoming Olympics or the insatiable appetite for Bluey, but right now Brisbane is the ‘must add’ destination for North American carriers, and this opens a world of opportunity,” he said.