Major air service increases

Just weeks after China Eastern unveiled new services to Cairns, China Southern announced it would boost services between Brisbane and its base in Guangzhou, China’s third-largest city, from four to seven a week.

China Southern will also launch a service to Cairns bringing up to 800 passengers to Cairns a week.
Etihad Airways has announced plans to increase flights between Brisbane and Abu Dhabi from three times a week to a daily service from February 1. This will bring to 28 the total number of flights Etihad Airways operates between Australia and Abu Dhabi, together with partner airline Virgin Australia.
The additional four services will continue to operate via Singapore in both directions and provide a new daily link between the cities.
Qantas this week announced it would recommence services into the Gold Coast from Sydney.
Queensland premier Campbell Newman said, “This will see thousands of extra people a year coming into Queensland, injecting millions of dollars into our economy and resulting in more jobs being created,” said Mr Newman. “More flights into the state opens up opportunities for international travellers to see some of the many wonderful tourist attractions Queensland has to offer.”
Meanwhile Virgin Australia has announced additional A330 services between Perth and Melbourne commencing 21 September.
The additional services will increase Virgin Australia’s A330 flights to five daily.

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