International business travel out of Brisbane surges 30%

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The number of international bookings out of Brisbane have risen by over 30 per cent year-on-year, suggesting a return to confidence for corporates travelling further afield.

The data from FCM Travel and Corporate Traveller also highlighted a 17 per cent rise in the number of people travelling in the same period. The statistics follow Delta Air Lines recent announcement of a direct route between Brisbane and Los Angeles from December.

Brisbane Airport also stated that seat capacity between Brisbane and North America will jump to 144 per cent of pre-Covid capacity.

“We’ve long touted Brisbane as a destination of choice for business travellers, but this new data tells us that homegrown companies are looking further afield to either reconnect with staff overseas, to attend meetings, events, and conference, or making the journey abroad in an attempt to grow,” said Melissa Elf, Flight Centre Corporate Managing Director, ANZ.

“Ever since the Commonwealth Games visited the Gold Coast, investment in Brisbane has taken off exponentially, with more and more major domestic and international businesses choosing to move their operations and HQs to the Sunshine State capital.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time for Brisbane with the city hosting the Games in 2032, the Queen’s Wharf development not too far away from completion, and multiple bridges under construction that’ll boost connectivity across the city – it’s an exciting time on various fronts.”

Elf said while routes from Brisbane to North America were riding high, flights through the Middle East and Asia to Europe were still constrained.

“Once that happens, and we’re getting there with Emirates increasing their capacity to Dubai and China Eastern Airlines returning, customers will enjoy further drops in airfare pricing thanks to the competition that multiple airline options create,” she said.

Brisbane Airport CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff said passenger forecasts are projected to return to full pre-COVID travel levels through the International Terminal in December.

“Flights across The Pacific will be at unprecedented levels by the end of 2024, with five carriers serving major hubs, with direct connections to North, Central and South America,” he said.

“This makes it easier than ever for Queensland businesses to connect with one of our largest trade, investment, and tourism markets.”