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Karryon's Top 10 stories of the week: Catch up on our most-wanted: Jul 5

Missed this week's must-read travel industry news and views? We've got you. Karryon has you covered with our recap of the 10 most-read stories of the week.

Missed this week’s must-read travel industry news and views? We’ve got you. Karryon has you covered with our recap of the 10 most-read stories of the week.

#10. Rex launches historic WA flights from Melbourne & Adelaide

Four female Rex flight attendants in front of Flinders Street Station in Melbourne

The first direct Melbourne-Perth Rex flights connecting Australia’s east and west coasts have commenced, marking the airline’s inaugural services to the WA capital. Rex has also started direct Adelaide-Perth thrice-weekly services operated by National Jet Express.

Read all about it.

#9. Gold Coast Airport domestic departure area opens after $17M upgrade

Staff at counter of Beach Shack Bar & Grill restaurant at Gold Coast Airport domestic departures.

The newly opened Gold Coast Airport domestic departures lounge refurbishment includes more seating and new retail stores and food and beverage outlets. The upgrades will bring the domestic terminal in line with the international terminal.

Read all about it.

#8. Cash Passport now includes free Purchase Protection cover

Purchase Protection

Cash Passport’s new complimentary Purchase Protection offers cover up to $700 for up to 180 days against theft or damage. It also offers Price Protection Insurance on eligible purchases and E-commerce Purchase Protection with seamless online claims.

Read all about it.

#7. Flight Test: Air New Zealand NZ 146 BNE – AKL – LAX Economy

Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 aircraft on tarmac at night.

Karryon reviewed the Brisbane-Auckland-Los Angeles route in Air New Zealand’s award-winning Economy cabins as an alternative to Australia-LAX nonstop options and found a quick layover is just the trick to break up the trans-Pacific trip.

Read all about it.

#6. History made: Indigenous godparents name Seabourn ship

Seabourn President Natalya Leahy took part in a remarkable Wunambal Gaambera welcome and smoking ceremony in the Kimberley.

Seabourn Pursuit was named by Indigenous godparents in a historic ceremony in the Kimberley in a cruise line and industry first. Held on Wunambal Gaambera Country, the cruise line will partner with Traditional Owners to celebrate their culture.

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#5. TravelManagers’ Michael Gazal on the future of travel agents

Travel managers MD, Michael Gazal

TravelManagers General Manager Michael Gazal says travel demand is plateauing, but still high. He offers his expert insights on why travel advisors need to stay competitive with new technology and excellent customer service and how suppliers can help.

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#4. Full return! Cathay Pacific ups Brisbane & Perth flights by 75%

Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific is giving Brisbane and Perth a capacity boost, ramping up flights by 75 per cent in October and back to 2019 levels on the Hong Kong route. Cathay Pacific expects to reach 80 per cent of its pre-COVID network capacity by the second quarter of 2024.

Read all about it.

#3. AirAsia X to fly to Africa for the first time in 2024

AirAsia X makes its African debut in 2024.

AirAsia X is taking off for Africa, launching new flights from Kuala Lumpur to Nairobi on 15 November 2024, marking the first direct link between Malaysia and sub-Saharan Africa. It will also be the only low-cost option between East Asia and Africa. 

Read all about it.

#2. China Eastern launches first route between Victoria & sister state

China Eastern

China Eastern is launching a new direct flight from Melbourne to Nanjing, marking the first-ever commercial connection between Victoria and Jiangsu Province. The thrice-weekly service is forecast to boost tourism and trade between the two regions.

Read all about it.

#1. Melbourne Airport welcomes largest hotel opening of 2024 in Australia

Melbourne Airport Novotel and Ibis Styles

The new Novotel and ibis Styles Melbourne Airport represents the largest hotel opening in Australia this year, according to Accor Pacific. It includes several MEL firsts, including a health and wellbeing club and co-working space plus multiple dining options.

Read all about it.

And that’s another must-read recap of Karryon‘s Top 10 Stories of the week.