Sep 01, 2017

Hainan Airlines has announced it will fly twice a week between Shenzhen and Cairns with the capacity to bring 15,000 additional Chinese visitors to Tropical North Queensland each year.

The flights will begin in December providing more opportunities for Chinese visitors to fly directly to Cairns and experience our World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest.

Hainan Airlines operates an extensive network throughout China, and to Asia, Europe, America and Oceania.

The Cairns route will be Hainan Airlines’ second route connecting China and Queensland and the sixth route operating between China and Australia, after the airline announced direct flights to Brisbane in July.

The direct flights were secured through the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, a $10 million funding commitment by the Queensland Government to support new or expanding airlines to bring more passengers to Queensland by securing greater international aviation access.

TTNQ and our members have long been working with Tourism and Events Queensland and Tourism Australia to build the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef brand in China and these flights will make it easier for more Chinese to access our destination.

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