China Southern Airlines announces year-round Cairns-Guangzhou route

Stephanie Yip 3 July 2017

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Landing in the Tropical North from December 2017.

The burgeoning number of Chinese tourists to our shores has seen a surge in direct flights between Australia and China launch this last year.

In March, Virgin Australia announced direct flights between Melbourne and Hong Kong from July, and just last month Air China commenced its direct Melbourne to Shenzhen service.

Now, China Southern Airlines has announced it too will be offering flights between the two nations, though this time to a different Australian city: Cairns.

Connecting the Tropical North Queensland to Guangzhou in China's south, this new route is slated to take off in December with direct services flying three times weekly. What makes these flights exceptional however is that they will be the first year-round service by a Chinese airline between Cairns and the Chinese mainland.

While there's no news yet the exact date of launch, flight schedule times or cost, all signs point to this move to have a healthy impact on Queensland's economy.

"In the first year we expect these flights to bring more than 33,000 Chinese visitors to Tropical North Queensland, which in turn flows on to the local economy and supports jobs across the region," says Tourism Minister Kate Jones.

“In fact the tens of thousands of new Chinese tourists coming into Cairns are forecast to be worth more than $30 million in overnight visitor expenditure in our region in the first year alone.”

China Southern Airlines currently services numerous direct routes to Guangzhou from Australia, including from Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. For an idea of expected fare costs on this new route, Sydney-Guangzhou return fares start around $1,009 return and Brisbane-Guangzhou start at $1,180 return.

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