China Eastern increases services to Melbourne
Apr 08, 2011
Melbourne Airport has welcomed China Eastern’s announcement to increase its Melbourne-Shanghai service from four times a week to daily.
Melbourne Airport CEO, Mr Chris Woodruff said, “We are very pleased that China Eastern has chosen to increase the frequency of its services to Melbourne. With China as our number one long haul market, the new daily service confirms Melbourne as a premier destination for Chinese travellers.”
“In 2010, Chinese passport holders grew by 22 per cent compared to 2009. And we are seeing that growth continue this year with a 33 per cent increase in January and 21 per cent in February over the same period last year.”
“We also firmly believe that China still has significant growth to achieve,” said Mr Woodruff. “As a result, China will continue to be an extremely important market to Victoria and we look forward to continuing to work with the state government and tourism bodies to promote Melbourne.”
“I am really proud of the work we’ve done to make our Chinese visitors feel respected and welcome as they arrive at Melbourne airport through our Chinese visitor program. We have received great feedback from Chinese travellers regarding the program which includes Chinese signage and announcements as well as cultural training for our staff.”
“We also work hard to ensure that we offer our airline customers key operational benefits including low aeronautical charges and high service levels. Our curfew-free, single terminal precinct also provides both airlines and passengers with increased flexibility and easier transfers,” said Mr Woodruff. “Our airline customers recognise these benefits and I thank them for their continued support.”
The increased daily China Eastern Melbourne-Shanghai services will commence on 20 June 2011.