Xiamen Airlines starts third Australian route

Xiamen Airlines’ Xiamen to Melbourne

Xiamen Airlines starts third Australian route-1

On hand for a bit of cake cutting at Melbourne Airport on 30 June were: Mr Huang Guobin, Deputy Consul General, the Chinese Consulate General of the PRC in Melbourne; Mr Lyell Stranbi, CEO, Melbourne Airport; Mr Shanglun Che, Chairman & President, Xiamen Airlines; and The Honourable Minister, Mr Philip Dalidakis. Xiamen Airlines’ new service from Xiamen will operate twice-weekly.

  • Xiamen Airlines has launched another long-haul route with the introduction on 30 June of a twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) service between Xiamen (XMN) and Melbourne (MEL). The 7,454-kilometre route is not served by any other carrier and will be operated using the airline’s 787-8s. The inaugural flight to Melbourne arrived with 213 passengers onboard. Lyell Strambi, CEO, Melbourne Airport, said: “It is our great pleasure to welcome the arrival of Xiamen Air’s first direct flight from the city of Xiamen to Melbourne today. This is another exciting milestone in our relationship with China, the success of which is evident in the number of passengers that visit each year for tourism, business and education. Melbourne Airport has achieved the fastest average growth from Chinese passengers of all major Australian airports over the past five years (15.4% each year on average). Victorians are also travelling to China in increasing numbers. Over the past five years Melbourne Airport’s outbound traffic has grown on average by 7.2% each year. As we welcome passengers from Xiamen, we also encourage Victorians to visit this exciting city and witness its beautiful seaside location and the unique infrastructure it has to offer.” Xiamen becomes the fifth Chinese airport with non-stop flights to Melbourne. Guangzhou and Shanghai Pudong both have 14 weekly flights, while Beijing and Chengdu each have thrice-weekly service. All of these route are operated by Chinese carriers. Xiamen Airlines already serves Australia, linking both Fuzhou and Xiamen with Sydney. See how Melbourne Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

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