New flights from Chinese airlines into Brisbane and Cairns are expected to deliver major boosts to Queensland tourism.
China Airlines has announced it will increase its Taipei–Brisbane services from four times per week to daily, while China Southern Airlines will now operate three direct flights per week from Guangzhou to Cairns.
China is Queensland’s largest market for international visitors, and the new flights into Brisbane are predicted to deliver up to 50,000 extra passengers to the state in their first 12 months.
Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the additional China Airlines flights would not only bring tourists from Taiwan but also those who could now transit through Taipei from other countries.
‘The Asian market is one of huge potential for Queensland’s tourism industry,’ she said.
‘China Airlines is a global airline with an extensive international network and these additional flights will deliver crucial access into Queensland from Taiwan.
‘Through the international aviation hub in Taipei, these extra services will open up additional access to other key markets including Japan, Korea, North America, Europe and the UK.’
The new China Southern flights from Guangzhou to Cairns will be the first-ever year-round services by a Chinese airline into Cairns, and the first to bring tourists directly from mainland China to the Great Barrier Reef.
They are expected to bring more than 33,000 Chinese visitors to Far North Queensland in their first year alone.
The Taipei–Brisbane flights were secured through the Queensland Government’s Attracting Aviation Investment initiative, while the Guangzhou–Cairns flights are the first under the government’s Connecting with Asia Fund. Increasing Asian tourism was one of the key global megatrends identified in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.
Flights for both new services are due to touch down for the first time in December this year.