China Southern eyes Brisbane growth

China Southern eyes Brisbane growth
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China Southern has signalled its intention to grow its Guangzhou-Brisbane service to daily, or even double daily, if there is sufficient demand.

Speaking soon after the introduction of brand new Airbus A330-223 aircraft to the route, regional manager Australia & New Zealand, Henry He, underlined the airline's aim to be "aspirational".

"But how aspirational depends on the level of support we get from the industry and present growth rates continuing to increase," he said.

Although Queensland's beaches are proving a hit with Chinese holidaymakers, He stressed addition of extra capacity is dependent on Australians choosing to fly with the airline in the other direction.

He was optimistic the introduction of 72-hour visa-free stays on international through-flights from the second half of the year will stimulate Australian sales for its "Canton Route".

In addition, the introduction of the new aircraft and improved service levels on the route will also have an impact, he predicted.

China Southern currently carries 25% of the 200,000 annual Chinese visitors to Queensland, with He outlining plans to double that market share over the next five years.

The airline currently offers 38 weekly flights to the region with plans to grow that number to 55 by 2015.

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