IN BRIEF | Royal Brunei will begin daily flights between Melbourne and the Brunei capital of Bandar Seri Begawan from March 25, up from the current four weekly services.
The Brunei national carrier is aiming to snare the budget end of the Melbourne-London market as well as flights through to China.
"Passengers have a great link between Australia and Brunei and they’re also able to make the most of Royal Brunei’s extensive network to travel to other locations including Melbourne’s top two long haul markets, the UK and China" said Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff.
However, you shouldn't be in a rush to get to the UK. Royal Brunei's flight to London has two stops: a three-hour connection in Bandar Seri Begawan, followed by a brief refuelling in Dubai.
From Melbourne to London, flights depart at 1240 and arriving at 0625 the next morning.
Flights inbound to Melbourne leave London at 1010 and reach in Melbourne at 2215 the following day.
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