Melbourne Airport warmly welcomes Sichuan Airlines to Australia
Sep 21, 2012
Melbourne Airport today announced that Sichuan Airlines will commence direct services between Chengdu and Melbourne, further positioning Victoria as China’s aviation gateway to Australia.
Melbourne Airport CEO, Mr Chris Woodruff said the new services reinforced Melbourne’s global appeal and connectivity.
“We are delighted that Sichuan Airlines has chosen Melbourne as its Australian hub, providing Victorians with more direct flights to this important and dynamic gateway to western China.”
“Sichuan Province is a key growth region in China. Direct flights between Chengdu and Melbourne will lead to stronger tourism, education, business and cultural connections,” said Mr Woodruff.
The announcement follows a sister airport relationship that was established between Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and Melbourne Airport earlier this year.
Sichuan Airlines will commence three flights per week between Melbourne and Chengdu, providing an additional 44,200 seats every year.
“This announcement is an important step forward to Melbourne becoming Australia’s premier airport for Chinese travellers and we look forward to working with Sichuan Airlines to strengthen their Australian ties and ensure the success of their new services.”
“Sichuan Airlines’ announcement is also testament to Team Victoria’s hard work and our appeal to global airlines.”
Sichuan Airlines’ is owned by the Sichuan provincial government and China Southern Airlines and commenced its first long-haul international services between Chengdu and Vancouver, Canada in June 2012.