China Southern Airlines starts second route to Melbourne

China Southern Airlines starts Shenzhen to Melbourne route.

Melbourne Airport welcomed passengers on China Southern Airlines’ new service from Shenzhen with this banner. The SkyTeam carrier started the route in 1 June arriving in Melbourne on 2 June. It already serves the Australian city twice-daily with non-stop flights from Guangzhou.

  • China Southern Airlines has launched its latest route to Australia, this time between Shenzhen (SZX) and Melbourne (MEL). According to OAG data the service will operate twice-weekly using the SkyTeam carrier’s A330-200s, although the inaugural flight was flown using an A330-300. The 7,445-kilometre route will face no direct competition. Simon Gandy, Chief of Aviation, Melbourne Airport, said: “We are delighted to welcome China Southern’s new non-stop service from Melbourne to Shenzhen as it’s now one of China’s largest and wealthiest cities popular for its high-tech industry, theme parks, shopping and parks. This is the second airline in less than two weeks to announce it will fly non-stop to Shenzhen, proving just how strong the interest is in the China-Melbourne market. China Southern has been flying out of Melbourne since December 2000 and in that time has continued to provide a broad range of travel options for Victorians. This latest announcement means our travellers will have access to nine Chinese destinations via the airline.”

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