China Southern to fly to Adelaide five times a week
The largest airline in Asia, China Southern, today announced it will fly five direct flights per week between Guangzhou and Adelaide on a seasonal basis from December.
China Southern Airlines, which started flying to Adelaide in December 2016, provided our State’s only direct service from mainland China. It currently operates three weekly flights on an Airbus A33B.
The Airbus A33B was introduced in June this year replacing the Airbus A330-200 and accounts for an additional 43 seats per flight.
Chinese visitors currently contribute $315 million to the visitor economy with a target set for $450 million by 2020.
With the addition of these flights in December, China Southern Airlines will have 1295 international seats each week coming into Adelaide and 150 tonnes of cargo capacity in and out of Adelaide.
Flights are scheduled for:
- CAN-ADL CZ 663 departs 10:10pm (Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat, and Sun); arrives 8.55am (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, and Sun).
- ADL-CAN CZ 664 departs 11:25am; arrives 18:05pm (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, and Sun).
Tickets for the additional flights go on sale today. The flights will begin on 10 December on a seasonal basis until 26 February 2018 and China Southern has ambitions to make Adelaide a daily destination.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said since the first China Southern flight touched down last December, passenger and freight loads on the Adelaide service have been outstanding.
“We are delighted that the success of the Adelaide service has led China Southern to increase their operation to five direct flights per week, on a seasonal basis,” Mr Bignell said.
“The State Government has been working with the tourism industry to make sure they are ready for Chinese visitors and to ensure their overall experience in SA is the best it can possibly be.
“We have added Chinese language signs at Adelaide Airport, on our main roads and key spots in the city all of which contribute to a welcoming atmosphere for visitors.
“China Southern Airlines success in South Australia has an impact not just for tourism but also for our exports.”
China Southern Airlines General Manager Adelaide, John Yu said the airline is delighted to announce increased seasonal services for Adelaide, and being part of the growing travel industry.
“Adelaide is a treasured market for China Southern, the response to the introduction of flights in December 2016 to and from Adelaide has been strong with the people of Adelaide enjoying the quality of China Southern Airlines to Asian, North American and European destinations,” Mr Yu said.
Adelaide Airport Ltd Managing Director Mark Young said he was excited that China Southern will increase flights to Adelaide.
“The service has already demonstrated strong demand for inbound and outbound tourism opportunities as well as attractive export links into one of China’s largest cities, and in turn providing one-stop access to destinations across China,” Mr Young said.