Hong Kong Airlines To Start Direct Flights To Queensland

January 6, 2016

NewsStandOnline.Net (6-January-2016): Queensland’s airspace will welcome a new player this weekend with the arrival of Hong Kong Airlines and its direct services to both Cairns and the Gold Coast.

Hong Kong Airlines commercial director Li Dianchun said the triangular service, which would fly direct from Hong Kong to the Gold Coast, before heading back via Cairns, would operate three times a week.  The first service will arrive at Gold Coast Airport about 8.30am Saturday morning.

“The route is designed to cater to the growing demand for tourism in Gold Coast and Cairns, both of which are popular destinations for leisure travel. Leveraging our connectivity in Asia via the international hub Hong Kong,” Mr Li said.

Mr Li said the airline aimed to also market the new route to travellers from mainland China.  “We believe the new service will be well received by the passengers especially those from Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chengdu, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Okinawa, Bangkok and Taipei, bringing them more travel options,” he said.

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Gold Coast Airport chief operating officer David Collins said the airport had been working with distribution contacts in China for about two years to attract Hong Kong Airlines to the city.

“We are well aware of the demand for services between Gold Coast and China, and are confident this thrice-weekly service will perform strongly during the extended charter period,” he said.

A spokesman for the minister said the new services would bring up to 5000 extra Chinese travellers to Queensland each year.  “That would generate more than $10 million for the Queensland economy and support more than 150 local jobs,” he said.

“Our $10 million (Attracting Aviation and Investment Fund) investment is helping growing Queensland tourism, attract new routes and boost international travel to Queensland.”

Cairns Airport aeronautical general managerial Janice Antonson said the weekend’s flights would mark the start of the 2016 Chinese New Year international services for the airport.

“Combined with the return of China Eastern Airlines to Cairns for a four-month seasonal service, we expect around 25,000 Chinese visitors to arrive into Cairns on direct international services,” she said.  “Many more Chinese are already arriving here on domestic services from other Australian cities.”

The Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A330 aircraft that would service the route will have 292 seats, including 32 in business class seats and operate on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.