Delta Becomes Third US Airline to Fly Nonstop to Brisbane

by Anthony Losanno
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Delta Air Lines announced yesterday that it will become the third US airline to offer nonstop service to Brisbane Airport (BNE) when it starts its flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in December. United and American are also serving this Australian airport from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) (this begins in October 2024).

The new flights will run 3x weekly between December 2024 and March 2025. Brisbane is a fun, smaller city with close proximity to the Gold Coast and some beautiful beaches. We were there in 2019 and enjoyed exploring it along with Melbourne and Sydney.

Brisbane does not draw the tourist crowds or immediate recognition of some of Australia’s other cities. This might make you wonder why the US carriers are all adding it to their route maps. The answer is simple. Government subsidies are driving the coverage according to Lucky at One Mile at a Time. The government of Queensland is supporting these new flights for a period of three years with a budget of $200 million from its Attracting Aviation Investment Fund. This will deliver an increase of 178,000 seats between the United States and Brisbane as of 2024 and up to 247,000 as of 2025.

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Joe Esposito, Delta’s Senior Vice President of Network Planning, said:

With this addition of Brisbane, Delta’s upcoming winter schedule will offer our customers up to 17 weekly flights between the U.S. and Australia. This marks our most extensive schedule to the South Pacific to date, and as we build our presence in the region, we know our customers will enjoy the enhanced experience consistently provided by Delta.”

Delta currently flies between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Sydney Airport (SYD) 2x daily. The airline is growing its presence in the South Pacific with these flights and its other addition of service to Auckland Airport (AKL) in October 2023.

Anthony’s Take: Australia is amazing. There will be a good amount of capacity to Brisbane and that will hopefully yield some deals or good award redemption opportunities.

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