China Southern Airlines will increase its flights from Guangzhou to Brisbane from three to four flights a week as well as adding Beijing to the flight route to grow its passenger numbers.
The increase that will take effect from 30 October is part of the airline’s plan to grow its passenger numbers to the Sunshine State. Queensland premier Anna Bligh said the increase will represent an overall 33% increase in weekly flights.
The increase in flights will increase the number of seats per week into Brisbane from 846 to 1,132.
China Southern Airlines general manager for Queensland Edward Wang said, “We have recorded great business on the Guangzhou-Brisbane service and we believe adding an extra flight per week and including Beijing on the route will help grow our passenger numbers to Queensland,” Mr Wang said.
China is now Queensland’s fourth largest and fastest growing international market and has welcomed 198,000 Chinese visitors in the first half of 2011.