The Turnbull Coalition Government has secured an historic aviation agreement with China, allowing Australian and Chinese airlines to offer unlimited flights to and from any points in Australia and China, including international airports in regional Australia. This is the first time China has signed such an agreement with any country.
After the agreement, China Southern Airlines’ new Guangzhou to Cairns service will operate three times a week, Air China will launch its new Beijing to Brisbane route flying four times a week from 12 December, and China Eastern Airlines also boost the frequency of its Shanghai to Brisbane route from four times a week to a daily service.
Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment reported China is Australia’s “fastest growing and most valuable tourism market”, with the potential to be worth more than AUD13 billion (USD 9.8 billion) by 2020.
The Turnbull Coalition Government, through Tourism Australia, has invested significant marketing support to attract these new air services.
Chinese travellers can now fly to Australia from 17 cities with ten airlines operating around 150 direct flights per week to six ports in Australia.