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.”