Celebrating the arrival of China Southern in Cairns were the airport’s CEO, Kevin Brown; Mayor of Cairns, Bob Manning; Gavin King, Queensland’s Assistant Minister for Tourism; Frank Gyzemyter, China Southern’s Commercial Manager; and TTNQ's Rob.
- China Southern Airlines commenced services on the route from its Guangzhou (CAN) hub, to Cairns (CNS) in the far north of the Australian state of Queensland. Thrice-weekly departures are offered on the route and will be operated via Brisbane on the outbound leg. A330-200s are deployed to operate the 5,700-kilometre route. China Southern offers flights to six points in Australia, up from only two in 2009, and continues to develop what is called the “Canton Route” to Europe.