Cruise ships, LA flight return to Victoria

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

On Thursday, 2500 people arrived aboard the Coral Princess, the first large vessel to dock in Melbourne since the beginning of the pandemic.

The liner's operator Princess Cruises also operates the Ruby Princess, which was the source of one of Australia's largest COVID-19 outbreaks in the early stages of the pandemic and linked to 28 deaths.

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

The carrier's popular route between San Francisco and Melbourne will also fly daily from late October.

United will eventually run 40 per cent more flights between the US and Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport than before the pandemic.

More than 1.46 million people are expected to travel through the city's airport during the upcoming school holidays.