Qatar Airways flies to Adelaide with 228 extra jobs

first_imgIn a massive boost to South Australia’s visitor economy, “the world’s five-star airline” Qatar Airways has announced it will fly direct into Adelaide from May next year.Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the announcement by the 2015 Best Airline in the World was a global vote of confidence in Adelaide and South Australia.The daily flights are estimated to generate an additional AU$41 million into visitor economy and create 228 jobs across the state.“In this year’s State Budget our government injected a record AU$35 million into the tourism portfolio to attract additional major events and conventions and to market SA,” Mr Bignell said.“Qatar Airways will be flying the most modern plane in the world to Adelaide – the Airbus A350-900.“Qatar Airways flies to more than 140 destinations around the world and will provide Adelaide with flights from the Middle East, Europe, India and the east coast of the United States.“Qatar is the richest country in the world per capita and this relationship will help boost our trade opportunities.“Adelaide is famous for its premium food and wine and the daily Qatar flight will mean more people from right around the world will be able to fly here to experience our magnificent wildlife and natural beauty.“The state’s seafood industry will also be a big winner with departing flights carrying the world’s finest lobster and other seafood as fresh cargo to Qatar and beyond.”Mr Bignell thanked Adelaide Airport and the South Australian Tourism Commission for their hard work on securing the new flights.Adelaide Airport Managing Director Mark Young said the decision was excellent news for both our tourism industry and South Australians travelling abroad.“The Qatar Airways Doha-Adelaide service opens up a brand new link with the Middle East, and provides excellent connections further afield such as with Europe and the UK.“Qatar Airways will be flying the new-generation Airbus A350-900 aircraft which made its inaugural commercial flight just this year, so we’re getting one of the most technologically advanced twin-engine aircraft in the world.” Qatar AirwaysSource = South Australia Governmentlast_img read more