New airline routes to offer even more connections between Australia and China

by Ray Clancy on February 3, 2016

in Australia Travel

New airline routes between Australia and China are offering people more choice than ever before whether they are tourists, business travellers or students, it is claimed.

A new direct route three times a week service from China Southern Airlines from Shenzhen to is set to boost tourism and trade and making Sydney Airport the gateway to Australia for people travelling from China, according to officials.

Hong Kong Airlines has announced year round flights from Hong Kong to the Gold Coast and Cairns that will begin in April with a twice weekly service, increasing to three times a week in July.

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“The new China Southern Airlines service will deliver tourism benefits to Sydney and boost trade by providing a direct route to the major financial, technology and manufacturing centre of Shenzhen,” said Sydney Airport managing director and chief executive officer Kerrie Mather

“Sydney Airport is the gateway to Australia for Chinese passengers and has the most Chinese long haul routes of any airport in the world, with six mainland Chinese airlines providing direct services to nine mainland Chinese cities,” he pointed out.

According to China Southern managing director Australia and New Zealand Louis Lu Shenzhen is an important city for trade between Australia and China. “We are committed to providing service that is of high quality and exceptional hospitality, but also provides an affordable way to travel, not just to Guangzhou and now Shenzhen, but onwards to 195 destinations in 40 different countries,” he added.

It comes at a time when more Chinese travellers that ever are visiting New South Wales. Official figures show that in the year to September 2015, the State saw more than 536,000 Chinese arrivals.

“Whilst Chinese arrivals from Australia’s fastest growing and most valuable inbound tourism market continue to grow at double digit rates, it’s critically important that aviation capacity and access keep pace with demand. China Southern’s continued expansion of their Australian operations, with their new Shenzhen to Sydney service, is great news for Sydney and for Australian tourism,” said Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan.

Sydney Airport expects to see more than 430,000 Chinese passport holders during the peak January to March Lunar New Year period, when the airport will receive 74 flights per week from mainland China and 121 flights per week from greater China including Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Queensland Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said that the new flights to the Gold Coast will attract visitors from many major ports across mainland China to Hong Kong and on to Queensland, as well as thousands of Hong Kong residents heading to the Gold Coast and Cairns.

“The new year round service will open the door to as many as 13,000 extra travellers to the state each year, generating up to $32 million in overnight visitor expenditure. We continue to work with international airlines, Tourism Australia, major airports and regional tourism organisations to increase the number of incoming flights from major global ports to Queensland,” said Jones.

Li Dianchun, chief commercial officer of Hong Kong Airlines, said that the new flights will enhance the cultural, tourism and business exchange between China, Asia and Australia.

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