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Published on : Saturday, November 5, 2016
Melbourne Airport has cemented its place as the home of Chinese carriers in Australia, with Hainan Airlines due to commence services this month. It will be the seventh Chinese airline to fly to Melbourne.
The fourth-largest airline in China, Hainan Airlines will service two direct routes to Melbourne from the cities of Xi’an and Changsha with its fleet of Airbus 330-200 aircraft.
With more than 824,000 Chinese visitors passing through Melbourne Airport in the 12 months ending August 2016, China is the number one visitor market for Melbourne Airport.
Melbourne has achieved the fastest average growth from Chinese visitors over the past five years of all major Australian airports: 18.2 per cent each year on average for the year ending August 2016.
And with Australian residents also travelling to China in increasing numbers, Hainan Airlines will provide two new direct travel destinations for Victorians.
Capital of the Shaanxi Province, the city of Xi’an is the eastern terminal of the Silk Road and contains the Terracotta Army of the Qin Dynasty.
The capital city of the Hunan Province, Changsha is renowned for being the home of the picturesque Mount Yuelu and Orange Island which is the birthplace of Chairman Mao.
Quotes attributable to Mr Simon Gandy, Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation
“We are delighted to welcome Hainan Airlines to our family at Melbourne Airport.
“With sustained growth in the Chinese market, we’re thrilled to now have direct services from Victoria to nine cities in mainland China for all our travellers.
“Hainan Airlines becomes the seventh Chinese carrier to fly direct to our wonderful city. This is a great testament to just how attractive Victoria is as a destination for international travellers.
“As the third Chinese carrier to be announced in 2016, Hainan Airlines will also offer new opportunities for travel-loving Victorians to explore even more of what China has to offer, with direct flights to some of China’s most iconic destination cities.”
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