Adelaide misses out on US flights

Overnight, US-based United Airlines has announced new airline routes and Adelaide has missed out on being featured on the list.

 

 

ZOE BETTISON MP
Shadow Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment


Friday 23 August 2019


Adelaide misses out on US flights


Overnight, US-based United Airlines has announced new airline routes and Adelaide has missed out on being featured on the list.

Prior to the 2018 election, direct flights to and from the USA were under negotiation.

New destinations for United include Curaçao, Nice in France, and Palermo in Italy but Adelaide is nowhere to be seen, despite the Marshall Liberal Government previously stating direct flights to and from the US were a priority.

The Marshall Liberal Government plans to cut $23 million from the tourism budget over five years.  In its first budget last year $11 million was cut. This year, the Government announced $12 million worth of additional cuts over four years and reducing tourism marketing to a five-year low.

The previous Labor Government attracted new direct international flights from Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Jetstar. 

The local tourism industry have high expectations for a direct US connection, especially given that Adelaide will be hosting a major aviation conference, World Routes, in September.

This news comes after latest data shows in the year to March 2019 international visitor nights to South Australia went down 14% and visitor expenditure down 7%.

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison

This is shock decision given that negotiations for a direct flight to the US have been going on for some time before the state election.

The Marshall Liberal Government’s cuts to tourism are signalling to the airline industry that they're not serious about the industry. 

During this Government’s term so far, $80 million from international visitor spend has been wiped out from our economy.  This is bad news for the tourism industry and for local jobs.