Air China will operate direct flights from Beijing, the country’s capital, to the Sunshine State, Australia.
The Queensland Premier announced the introduction of the flights on Sunday, September 17. It was the second deal that Gold Coast Tourism (GCT) scored for Queensland in the last two weeks. It’s a part of GTC’s Connecting with Asia coalition that has been working to increase aviation access to Australia from the expanding Chinese market.
Martin Winter, the CEO of GTC, said that the number of visitors from China to Gold Coast had been growing continuously and counted one-third of the total internal visitors. He hoped that the new service would make it even easier for the Chinese travellers as they now could cross off a connecting flight from their travel plan.
Previously in last week, the Queensland Government announced another deal with China Eastern Airlines for direct daily flights to Brisbane.
The new service will operate four times a week, which is likely to fuel the Queensland economy with over $191 million. Annastacia Palaszczuk, the Premier of Queensland, hoped that it would bring about 170,000 visitors to the state in the span of the next four years. She considered it as a big opportunity to tap into a burgeoning market.
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Steven Ciobo, the Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, also appreciated the new partnership and exerted the fact that Australia should continue having strong ties with China.
Air China operates more than 30 flights per week from China to Australia, but it will be the first time when their flights will directly land in Brisbane.