New China Qld flights to tap into fastest growing market
China Southern Airlines’ new Guangzhou to Cairns service will operate three times a week, while Air China will launch its new Beijing to Brisbane route flying four times a week from December 12.
Last month China Eastern Airlines also boosted the frequency of its Shanghai to Brisbane route, from four times a week to a daily service.
The new flights come after the Turnbull Government secured an aviation agreement with China that allows Australian and Chinese airlines to offer unlimited flights to and from any points in Australia and China, including international airports in regional Australia. This is the first time China has signed such an agreement with any country.
“Earlier this year, I led a delegation of chief executives from the Australian tourism sector to China to explore opportunities arising from the landmark agreement,” said Steven Ciobo, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.
“China is Australia’s fastest growing and most valuable tourism market. It has the potential to be worth more than $13 billion by 2020.”