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Published on : Monday, July 4, 2016
The inaugural Xiamen Air flight landed at 9.45am with 213 passengers onboard.
Xiamen Air will service two flights per week between the two cities on Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
China remains an important market for Melbourne Airport. Last year saw more international visitors to Melbourne from China than from anywhere else, with 731,000 passengers visiting from China for tourism, business and education.
The seaside city of Xiamen has a population of 4 million people and is a major hub for air travel, with Xiamenair being China’s sixth-largest airline.
Today’s inaugural flight connects Xiamen and Melbourne by aviation and joins other partnerships between the two cities such as RMIT University and badminton. RMIT University’s business school has a partnership program with Xiamen University and Xiamen Air recently became the major sponsor of the Australian Badminton Open. The airline’s ambassador is Melbourne-based badminton champion Gronya Somerville.
Quotes attributable to Lyell Strambi, CEO of Melbourne Airport
“It is our great pleasure to welcome the arrival of Xiamen Air’s first direct flight from the city of Xiamen to Melbourne today.”
“This is another exciting milestone in our relationship with China, the success of which is evident in the number of passengers that visit each year for tourism, business and education.”
“Melbourne Airport has achieved the fastest average growth from Chinese passengers of all major Australian airports over the past five years (15.4% each year on average).”
“Victorians are also travelling to China in increasing numbers. Over the past five years Melbourne Airport’s outbound traffic has grown on average by 7.2% each year.”
“As we welcome passengers from Xiamen, we also encourage Victorians to visit this exciting city and witness its beautiful seaside location and the unique infrastructure it has to offer.”
Source:- Melbourne Airport