15 August 2008

Airlines: Cairns, prepare to take-off

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After several months of discussions with Queensland Tourism Minister Desley Boyle, two major airlines have committed to providing more opportunities for international and domestic holidaymakers to travel to Cairns, reports News.com.au.

Cathay Pacific has confirmed its decision to cut flights to North America and increase its passenger quota to flights to Cairns, while flights between Hong Kong, Brisbane and Sydney will be increased.

Jetstar, Qantas’ subsidiary airline, will be also codesharing with Japanese Airlines on the Osaka-Gold Coast and Tokyo Cairns routes, which Ms Boyle says will maximise tourism to the region. 

"We recognise this as a great opportunity to strengthen our positioning in Japan and bring tourists from other markets," she said.

Tourists holding passports from Japan and Hong Kong can use Australia’s world-renowned Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to apply for a short-stay tourist visa.  The ETA is regarded as one of the most streamlined travel authorisation systems, and in most cases visas can be granted in seconds online. 

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Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.

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