Flight Centre’s FCM Travel has welcomed news of additional flights between the USA and Australia, saying it showed the demand travellers have for business and trade between the two countries.
American Airlines has announced daily flights between Brisbane and Dallas Fort Worth from October.
Flight Centre Corporate MD for ANZ, Melissa Elf, said it signified the strength of the trade relationship between Australia and the USA.
“We are currently operating at 89 per cent of pre-2019 capacity between Australia and the US,” Ms Elf said.
“We are anticipating this to reach 96 per cent by November with the welcome news of daily flights between Brisbane and Dallas.
“US carriers such as American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Airlines are all adding capacity, beyond their pre-2019 levels.
“They are recognising the demand we have for business and trade between our two countries.
“We need to see our Australian airlines follow suit to get us back to seamless, more affordable, and more frequent travel between our two nations.”
Flight Centre’s data shows an uplift of more than 60 per cent in bookings in the second half of 2023, compared to the same period in 2022.
“Australian businesses will welcome this improved access to the USA, which will be critical in the ongoing growth of business partnerships and trade,” Ms Elf said.