Brisbane Airport (BNE) and Samoa Airways have signed a partnership agreement signalling the commencement of direct services between Brisbane and Samoa.
The agreement outlines the commitment of both parties to explore market demand, develop direct services, and provide quality services to customers.
A twice-weekly service is set to commence on 13 November 2018, with Samoa Airways offering services between Apia and BNE on Tuesdays and Sundays using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, injecting a further 14,000 seats into the market.
The airport’s chief executive officer, Gert-Jan de Graaff said having additional direct flights between Brisbane and Samoa will further strengthen the lasting and cooperative relationship that currently exists between the two nations.
He added: “These new direct flights however will deliver so much more to both Queensland and Samoa, boosting business, education, health care and trade opportunities.”
Samoa Airways was launched just under a year ago. The airline runs daily flights between Apia and Auckland and twice weekly flights between Apia and Sydney. Samoa Airways also operates a fleet of turbo-prop aircraft which fly multiple times daily between Fagalii and Pago Pago, in addition to domestic services within American Samoa.