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Qantas has announced it will return to Vancouver with an extended seasonal schedule in a boost to inbound tourism.

Qantas Executive Manager International Sales, Stephen Thompson, said the decision to return to Vancouver came at the end of a successful first season of flying during the December-January travel period.

“Our direct Vancouver services proved really popular so we’re pleased to expand them this year, offering customers more flights on more days over winter and summer, and delivering another boost for inbound tourism for Australia,” said Thompson.

“This is great news for customers planning their next international holiday, this time catering not only for Australian ski enthusiasts, but also for those wanting to explore Canada in summer.”

“Vancouver has something to offer every type of traveller in the warmer months. It’s both a cosmopolitan harbour city and the gateway to the Canadian Rockies. Our customers can also enjoy seamless connections to six destinations across Canada with our codeshare partner WestJet.

“Our focus with this new schedule is to give customers more choice. We’ve increased services from two to three per week, and will ensure customers can maximise their holiday time with night flights in both directions,” he said.

Made possible by Qantas’ continued focus on improving aircraft utilisation, Thompson said the services also deliver on the airline’s strategy of targeting seasonal peaks to provide customers with more choice at the time of year they want to travel.

“We’re operating our seasonal Perth-Auckland service for the second year, having added more than 100 flights across the international network over the past six months and are looking at more opportunities to cater for seasonal demand across the network,” Thompson said.

Qantas will operate 33 return services between Sydney and Vancouver, 13 return services in June/July and 20 return services from mid-December to late January 2016, operated by a three-cabin, 364-seat refurbished B747 aircraft.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management