CA Beijing-Brisbane start

CA Beijing-Brisbane start

AIR China yesterday inaugurated its newest international route to Australia with the debut of nonstop flights between Beijing and Brisbane, complementing routes to Sydney and Melbourne.

The route is seen by Brisbane Airport Corp (BAC) as a “critical link” between Queensland’s international gateway city and the capital of China.

Operating four times weekly and utilising 237-seat dual-class Airbus A330-200s, the new city pairing comes as Brisbane welcomed a 9% growth increase in traffic in financial year 2017.

China is currently BNE’s second largest market, with around 350,000 Chinese pax travelling through the airport last FY, BAC ceo and md Julieanne Alroe said.

“These direct Air China flights will help grow this important market which will have flow on benefits for every sector of our economy, from business and investment to tourism, trade and education,” Alroe added.

Air China general manager Australia Rui Jei said the service provided Queenslanders with increased connections through CA’s “strong extensive network in China and internationally to Europe, North America and major cities in Asia”.

The route’s development has been supported by Brisbane Marketing, Gold Coast Tourism, Tourism Events Queensland, Tourism Whitsundays, Tourism Australia and other organisations.

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