China Southern Airlines touched down in Cairns for the first time today (30 January 2013), marking the start of a new seasonal, scheduled service to the city.
From now until the end of February 2013, Guangzhou-based China Southern will operate three weekly flights to the north Queensland hub, via Brisbane. In total, China Southern will operate to five Australian cities next month, including two charter services between Guangzhou and Adelaide over the Chinese New Year period.
“This is a very proud day for China Southern Airlines as our inaugural scheduled service to Cairns arrives and we open up a new direct link between far north Queensland and southern China,” said China Southern’s Regional General Manager for Australia & New Zealand, Henry He.
“We know Chinese tourists want to travel to great Australian destinations like Cairns and are pleased to be able to offer a way to do this during the summer travel peak. We’re on track to offer 55 scheduled weekly flights to Australia and New Zealand by the end of 2015,” He added.
China Southern is the largest carrier Chinese airline in Australia, carrying more than 385,700 passengers to and from the country in 2012.