AirAsia PER-CGK

Southeast Asia is a critical part of Australia’s international network. This is not just for onward connectivity to Europe, including the famous ‘kangaroo route’. Crucially, it is also for holidays for Australians, especially in Bali and Thailand, along with the growing diaspora from Southeast Asian countries, students (particularly from Vietnam and the Philippines) and more. […]

IST-MEL

Turkish Airlines inaugurated flights between Istanbul IST and Melbourne via Singapore on Friday 1 March, marking a historic feat for the carrier as it entered the Australian market and commenced services to its sixth continent. The route will be maintained 3-weekly, departing Istanbul IST on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and continuing its journey from Singapore […]

March 5, 2024 | Latest Route News +

MEL -ASP Bonza

Australia’s fast-growing LCC Bonza commenced operations between Melbourne and Alice Springs on Tuesday 12 December, marking its arrival into Australia’s Red Centre and further expanding its operations in the Northern Territory. The 1,855-kilometre service will be maintained 2-weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays with the 186-seat 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The carrier competes directly against the […]

January 25, 2024 | Airports, News & Analysis

ICN-MEL

Asiana Airlines introduced seasonal flights between Seoul ICN and Melbourne on Tuesday December 26. The 8,530-kilometre route will be maintained 2-weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 29 February with the 311-seat A350-900 aircraft. The carrier faces no competition on the route. Flight OZ6033 departs Seoul ICN at 08:00 local time, arriving in Melbourne at 20:30 […]

January 2, 2024 | Latest Route News +

NOU-MEL

Aircalin, the flag carrier of the French overseas territory of New Caledonia, introduced flights between its Noumea base and Melbourne on Friday 8 December. It marks the airline’s return to the route after almost four years. The 2,685-kilometre service will be maintained 3-weekly on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, with the 168-seat A320neo aircraft. The carrier […]

December 13, 2023 | Latest Route News +

Earlier this month, on 3 December, Australian flag-carrier Qantas began 3-weekly service on the 14,440-kilometre route between Melbourne and Dallas/Fort Worth. This brought to 17 the number of non-stop airline services between the US and Australia. Back at the end of October, United had introduced 3-weekly service between San Francisco and Brisbane. Between 2004 and […]

Team Melbourne Welcome Reception IATA 151

The 151st IATA Slot Conference’s host, Melbourne International Airport, kicked off the event’s networking program with a cocktail reception at Arbory Afloat on Melbourne’s Yarra River. A fantastic setting for a welcome reception and a great location to unwind with industry colleagues after the first full day of the conference. The event will bring together […]

November 15, 2022 | Air Service Event News

Virgin Tampa

Some 25 US states have non-stop service to Europe this winter, according to Cirium schedule data. New York has more seat capacity than any other, followed by California, Florida, New Jersey and Illinois. Florida has 2.9 million two-way non-stop European seats, down by 16% versus W19. That is despite the launch of Virgin Atlantic’s new […]

151st IATA Slot Confernence

As summer migrates to the Southern Hemisphere once again, Melbourne International Airport is gearing up to host the 151st IATA Slot Conference (15-18 November). The event will bring together airline and airport slot coordinators from around the world, ahead of what promises to be a busy 2023 for global travel. For four days Melbourne International […]

Carl Jones OneAlpha

OneAlpha Technologies, the next generation slot coordination and airport capacity management software company, continues to go from strength to strength. Already serving over 40 airports in seven countries, OneAlpha is rising to the challenges COVID-19 has presented the aviation industry, and its list of clients is growing. The team is also expanding. Joining CEO Sonia […]

June 15, 2021 | Airlines, Airports

Melbourne Interview

When do you think regular international scheduled services (other than New Zealand) will resume from Australian airports and what are the key issues that will influence the decision? It’s hard to know when Australia will reopen to other international markets given the uncertainty surrounding COVID cases both in Australia and overseas, coupled with differing vaccine […]