January 19, 2023 | By Bronwen Largier | Image: CEO of Brisbane Airport Corporation Gert-Jan de Graaff, Emirates regional sales manager Dean Cleaver and Acting Premier of Queensland Steven Miles shortly after the announcement of Emirates’ second daily service to Brisbane

The Queensland Government’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund has notched up another win, as the global scale-back-up of aviation continues.

One of the world’s largest airlines, Emirates will run a second daily flight between Brisbane and Dubai from June 1, 2023, after support from the fund.

“Emirates’ decision is another clear indicator that international travel is back on the global agenda and Queensland is very much in the sights of overseas visitors,” said Acting Premier Steven Miles.

“This is the 11th aviation deal our government has announced as part of this fund.

“In addition to the current A380 servicing the route daily, Emirates will add a daily 777-300 service starting from June 2023.

“It’s estimated to bring in an additional 129,210 seats, including an estimated 38,610 visitors to the state and generate overnight visitor expenditure of $75 million a year.

“Emirates’ extensive worldwide network to over 130 destinations will ensure a high level of connectivity with the United Kingdom, Europe, Scandinavia, Africa and North America.”

With the new daily flights, Emirates will be offering 12,000 seats to and from Brisbane every week, which is sure to benefit Brisbane’s convention and incentive proposition.

“This is another important milestone in the resumption of our Australian capacity and reaffirms our longstanding commitment to flying down under. We look forward to welcoming more Australians on board to enjoy the Emirates experience,” said Emirates regional sales manager Dean Cleaver.

Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO Gert Jan de Graff agreed it was a major step forward.

“In terms of rebuilding what was lost by COVID, this is a significant brick in the wall.”

The Queensland Government estimates that the aviation fund has supported 5.3 million airline seats into the state each year, worth almost $4 billion in visitor spending.