Aussies can expect to see a massive increase in international visitors as Asian air routes expand their capacity in the country down under.
Starting this month, thousands of extra seats are to become available as a result of new or additional services to Japan, China, the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney are to see the biggest surge in capacity, with airlines such as Hong Kong, Xiamen and All Nippon Airways to make their debut or return to the Australian market.
Another nine airlines are adding new services or more seats to predominantly Asian routes, including Philippine Airlines, Air China, China Southern, China Eastern, Scoot, Silk Air, AirAsia X, Qantas and Jetstar.
This financial year, Tourism Australia was working with 19 airlines, resulting in more than $34 million being collectively invested in long-term strategic agreements and joint marketing campaigns, Mr O’Sullivan said.
By early 2016, an additional 12,000 seats per week will become available between Australia and Chinese destinations overall, and another 6000+ between Australia and Singapore.
According to Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan, the extra capacity is “testament to a very focused aviation development strategy”, and suggests that this strong growth in foreign tourism could continue into 2016.
“What’s really interesting about the inbound tourism story for our country is just how closely recent increases in our international visitor numbers correlate to international aviation capacity,” said O’Sullivan.
“To achieve our Tourism 2020 goals we still require significant and sustainable increases in aviation access and capacity, which is why the pipeline that we see coming through now and in the coming months is so pleasing.”