Additional services for China Southern
Aug 07, 2009
Melbourne Airport welcomes China Southern's announcement to increase flights between Guangzhou and Melbourne to three per week, with the introduction of a new Saturday service. These non-stop flights between Melbourne and Guangzhou will commence on October 26.
Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff said "The Chinese market is an important and rapidly-growing one for Melbourne Airport - it is now Melbourne's number 1 long-haul market. 25% of Chinese visitors to Melbourne are students and Melbourne's strong standing as a global university city has been a key factor in maintaining and growing this market, despite the challenging global environment.
"By 2014, China is forecast to become Melbourne's number one international visitor market. We anticipate further increases in passengers and airline services between Melbourne and China to cater to this growing market.
"These extra seats provide further opportunities for increased business and leisure travel between Victoria to China and beyond, a win for the state. The shift to non-stop services also offers passengers greater convenience and time savings.
"Melbourne Airport recognizes the importance of the Chinese visitor market, and we have implemented several initiatives to ensure our Chinese guests have the best possible visitor experience. We have introduced Mandarin public address messages, signage and cultural training for staff and will continue to work closely with airlines and service providers across the airport to make Chinese passengers feel welcome."
The new services, commencing immediately, and the move to non-stop services on October 26, are testament to Victoria and Melbourne's global standing. Melbourne Airport continues to work closely with our airline customers to keep costs significantly lower than our competitors whilst maintaining excellent service levels. In addition, we are investing in Victoria's future with our $330M international terminal expansion.