China Eastern Airlines will increase to daily the frequency of its new Shanghai to Brisbane service from this December, following high-level discussions during a recent trade mission to China.Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the daily flight schedule would continue to build visitation from the state’s largest market.
“Having met with senior China Eastern officials in China recently and putting the case for more flights to and from Queensland, I’m very pleased in their decision to increase their commitment from three flights per week to seven.
“That’s before they’ve even started their service into Brisbane.
“It’s a massive show of support and one that shows our attracting aviation strategy is working.
“This daily route will bring up to 85,000 inbound passengers to Queensland and generate AUD 53 million in economic benefit to the state.
“We know that every dollar we generate for tourism supports Queensland jobs.”
A record 400,000 Chinese travellers visited Queensland in 2015 contributing almost AUD 1 billion in visitor expenditure- up 51% on the previous year.
Tourism Minister Kate Jones said Queensland became the first Australian state to partner with China Eastern in a landmark agreement late last year.
“In a show of confidence for the state’s tourism industry, China Eastern has increased its scheduled three-weekly service to daily,” Jones said.
The China Eastern Airlines service is supported by Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) through the Government’s AUD 10 million Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AAIF) in partnership with Tourism Australia and Brisbane Airport Corporation.
Edited by Peter Needham