Cruise Ships, LA Flights Return to Victoria



More tourists can now visit Victoria with the state welcoming large cruise ships and a major US airline reintroducing direct flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles.

On Thursday, 2,500 people boarded the Coral Princess, the first large vessel to dock in Melbourne since the start of the pandemic.

The liner is the sister ship to the Ruby Princess, which was the source of one of Australia’s largest COVID-19 outbreaks in 2020 and linked to 28 deaths.

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It comes with United Airlines revealing that it will operate three flights a week between Tullamarine and Los Angeles from the end of October before flying daily services from December.

The popular route between San Francisco and Melbourne will also be flown daily from the end of October.

United will eventually operate 40 percent more flights between the US and Tullamarine than before the pandemic.

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More than 1.46 million people are expected to travel through Melbourne Airport during the upcoming school holidays.