China Southern announces extra flights to Queensland

17 Aug 2012 11:44 AMJann Stuckey

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Newman Government has announced another coup for Queensland, with China Southern Airlines increasing to daily airline services between Guangzhou and Brisbane during the busy holiday season.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey held talks with China Southern boss Mr Tan on the recent trade mission trip to China.

Ms Stuckey also announced three flights per week will exit via Cairns.

“This commitment will boost visitor expenditure by millions of dollars and support a number of direct and indirect jobs,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Tourism is recognised by the Newman Government as one of the four pillars of the Queensland economy and aviation access is vital to helping us achieve our target of doubling overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020.”

“These new travel patterns bring new opportunities for Queensland. We encourage industry operators to focus on packaging dual and multiple destinations to take advantage of these opportunities.”

The announcement comes only a month after China Eastern Airlines announced it would fly direct from Shanghai to Cairns three times a week from October.

Assistant Minister for Tourism and Member for Cairns, Gavin King welcomed the news of increased fights into Queensland.

“Greater access for international travelers is an important step in bringing more tourism dollars to Queensland, helping to get the economy back on track,” Mr King said.

Minister Stuckey said the announcement from China Southern was a tremendous opportunity for Queensland to tap into and expand one of the largest tourism markets in the world.

“Today’s announcement is great news not only for our north Queensland tourism operators, but for the whole State, and it serves to strengthen Cairns’ position as the Asian gateway to Australia,” Ms Stuckey said.

[ENDS] 16 August 2012