Adelaide will be more accessible to Chinese travellers during peak season with China Southern Airlines increasing flights between Guangzhou and Adelaide.China Southern currently operates three flights per week in and out of Adelaide. This will increase to between five and seven flights per week during peak periods.
From 25 February 2019 onwards, China Southern will maintain five flights per week on an ongoing basis.
The additional China Southern Airlines services will be operated on an Airbus A330-300 with a seat configuration of 282 seats (30 Business Class and 252 Economy).
Currently China Southern have 651 seats in and out of Adelaide based on a thrice a week service. When the services become daily, the seat capacity increases to 1974 seats.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway, announced the news ahead of a South Australian trade mission to Guangzhou.
“This is fantastic news for South Australia. This is a great gain in capacity and shows big confidence in Adelaide. We know that the Chinese market plays a crucial role in our visitor economy, and the additional flights are welcome news for our hotels, retailers, restaurants and tour operators,” said Mr Ridgway.
“We want to see these businesses grow and create more jobs, and increased Chinese visitors taking advantage of more flights can only be a good thing for growing our visitor economy and jobs in tourism.
“The Marshall Liberal Government is focussed on growing the South Australian economy, with massive potential for further growth in the SA tourism sector – China Southern’s increased services to Adelaide is a very positive sign of that continued growth.
“The additional flights prove what our visitor numbers are saying – the demand for Adelaide and South Australia among Chinese visitors as a tourism destination is growing.”
Last year, South Australia welcomed a record 60,000 Chinese visitors who spent a huge $389 million in the state
“China Southern Airlines’ success in South Australia has a positive impact on both tourism and on the state’s high value exports such as wine and food products – further opening up opportunities for South Australia in China,” said Mr Ridgway.
“The Marshall Liberal Government is committed to further growing tourism in South Australia, spreading the word about our state around the globe and creating jobs and prosperity.”
Mr John Yu, General Manager, China Southern said, "China Southern are delighted to announce increased services for Adelaide, this represents the growth for both inbound and outbound market, and strong performing tourism, education and trade activities. Adelaide has been strong with the people of Adelaide enjoying the quality of China Southern Airlines to Asian, North American and European destinations."
South Australian Tourism Commission, Chief Executive, Rodney Harrex said, “We know that South Australia has what Chinese visitors want in an Australian holiday – nature and wildlife experiences, impressive food and wine experiences and self-drive experiences. And the message is getting out; Chinese visitors to South Australia have grown rapidly, with the market now the state’s second largest inbound market.
“The South Australian Tourism Commission has invested strategically in marketing in China, with key initiatives like bringing on Huang Xiaoming as a South Australia ambassador as well as strong digital campaigns, which have helped tremendously with growing South Australia’s reputation.”
“Increased China Southern Airlines flights to Adelaide is a big step towards attracting visitors to Adelaide and South Australia,” he said.
Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young, said: “We’re very happy with the success to date of our first mainland China service, and welcome China Southern’s decision to put on more services.
“The service has created significant 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.
“It also links Adelaide with China Southern’s Canton Route into Europe and the UK via its Guangzhou hub.”
Tickets for the additional flights are on sale now, visit: http://www.csair.com/au/en/index.shtml