LONDON – Double daily means double capacity: United Airlines is set to increase its flight to Melbourne, Australia service to 40% above pre-covid levels.
This is seen to be very impressive. The airline will fly daily flights to both San Francisco and Los Angeles airports, respectively, beginning later this year.
The already popular route between Los Angeles and Melbourne will resume on the 28th of October, three times weekly, and is set to increase daily from 1st December.
The also popular route, the San Francisco to Melbourne route, which is currently flown on a thrice-weekly basis, will now be increased to daily as of 28th October.
Lorie Argus, Melbourne Airport CEO, explained that this move would significantly increase passenger and cargo capacity between Victoria State and the United States, especially California, and will provide a huge boost for tourism and the Victorian economy.
She stated that: “United will soon fly 14 return services a week between Melbourne and the US west coast, which is more than what they flew prior to the pandemic and firmly embeds Melbourne as a primary gateway to Australia for United,” she said.
Argus furthered: “United’s extensive network and local partnership with Virgin Australia means that millions of people have one-stop access to Melbourne, and as Virgin Australia’s largest domestic hub, Melbourne has more connections to Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, and Tasmania than any other Australian city.”
Steve Dimopoulos, Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events said United airline’s full commitment to Melbourne, will create a positive impact on the city and also the entire state of Victoria.
This will directly support local tourism, while also providing local exporters with more alternatives to move their goods across the ocean.
This will ease up market access between the two points of California and Victoria closer than ever, generating a huge business potential for both ends.
He furthered: “We’ve been working hard with Melbourne Airport to restore international capacity, and the increase of United flights is key to boosting tourism and jobs in Victoria.”
“Australia remains high on the list for many US travelers, and our unique blend of food, sport, and culture means Melbourne is the perfect place to start any holiday down under.”
United’s move comes at a good time, where many Victorians who were eagerly waiting to travel abroad after 3 years of border closure, will now be able to enjoy the convenience of flying to California on a double daily basis. Melbourne Airport is encouraging people to fly!
Over 1.46 million people are projected to pass through Melbourne Tullamarine International Airport’s terminal between 16 September and 2 October, and airlines are expecting to carry approximately 1.14 million domestic passengers and just over 320,000 internal passengers, which is very similar to the levels compared to the winter school holiday period.
Melbourne Airport highly recommends passenger to pre-book parking and reach the airport 1-2 hours before any domestic flight and 2-3 hours before international flights.
This signifies that there will be a huge increase in passenger numbers in the coming months.