Queensland Minister for Tourism, Kate Jones; Hainan Airlines President, Sun Jianfeng; and Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk, cut the panda and koala-themed cake at launch of Hainan Airlines’ new route from Shenzhen to Brisbane.
- Hainan Airlines began services between Shenzhen (SZX) and Brisbane (BNE) on 20 September. The airline has introduced a twice-weekly frequency between the Chinese and Australian cities. Flights depart on Wednesdays and Sundays and are operated by the carrier’s A330-200s. Stephen Goodwin, Brisbane Airport’s Acting CEO commented by saying: “Developing a route to a new destination is a major commitment so we are delighted Hainan Airlines has recognised the huge potential of connecting Shenzhen and Brisbane and is backing that potential. The Chinese visitor market is currently the second largest for Brisbane Airport, averaging 14% growth per year in the last five years, equating to 310,000+ passengers from China each year. This launch is an important step in our drive to increase penetration into the Asian passenger market by leveraging our proximity to these emerging markets.” This is currently Hainan Airlines’ only route serving Brisbane according to OAG schedules and it will face no direct competition.