LNP welcomes China Southern Airlines direct to Gold Coast

7 Dec 2011 12:57 PMJann Stuckey

7 December 2011

THE LNP has welcomed today’s inaugural charter flight from China to the Gold Coast.

LNP Shadow Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jann Stuckey said today’s direct flight from China by carrier China Southern Airlines was a milestone that marked the beginning of an exciting relationship with our Asian neighbours.

“This is great news for the Gold Coast and Queensland tourism as this lucrative Chinese market offers enormous opportunity for us all,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Paul Donovan from Gold Coast Airport and Gold Coast Tourism CEO Martin Winter are to be commended for the hard yards they put in over several years to woo China Southern Airlines to our shores.

“Every effort must now be made to ensure Queensland gets a fair share of Chinese visitors through regular direct flights,” Ms Stuckey said.

Ms Stuckey was at Coolangatta airport this morning to greet the airline to the Gold Coast and into her electorate.

“Securing this direct route would be a win for the Gold Coast and a win for Queensland,” she said.

“Only the LNP has tourism as one of its four pillars for growth to get Queensland back on track.

“The LNP will work to make Queensland the first choice destination for both international and domestic passengers.

“The LNP’s tourism policy includes collaborative marketing funding for airports to pursue long-term agreements with airlines from key source markets to encourage new direct and triangulated international services from key markets including China, India and Japan to Cairns, Brisbane and Gold Coast.

“The LNP will work with all key stakeholders as well as Queensland Trade Offices to engage with respective international aviation markets and work with the Federal government on key aviation decisions affecting Queensland’s tourism performance,” Ms Stuckey said.