Etihad Airways' new service hopes to bring tourism boost
A MUCH-needed tourism boost could be on the way with daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Brisbane from Saturday.
More than 54,000 extra international visitors will have access to Queensland each year via Etihad Airways' new daily service.
Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey said attracting new aviation routes and flights was important in helping to restore Queensland's pre-eminence as a tourist destination.
"We established the $8 million Attracting Aviation Investment Fund to secure new aviation business and routes into Queensland," she said.
"The renewed confidence in the tourism industry has already seen new international flights into Queensland by China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Jetstar.
"These additional Etihad flights will continue to boost the Queensland tourism industry by attracting more international tourists, which is critical to growing jobs in the tourism industry into the future.
"Etihad Airways operates an expansive network, and with ports in approximately 50 countries, the additional flights will open Queensland up to more travellers from across the globe."
Etihad Airways chief James Hogan said the additional four flights a week more than doubled the number of seats currently available between Brisbane and the airline's Abu Dhabi hub.