Jetstar Airways commenced twice-weekly services from Melbourne to Zhengzhou on 6 December. The inaugural flight JQ68 is one of two weekly return 787 services which will bring an additional 35,000 Chinese tourists to Australia each year.
- Jetstar Airways‘ inaugural flight to Zhengzhou (CGO) started on 6 December from Melbourne (MEL). The twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays), 787-8-operated service means that Jetstar is the only Australian airline flying direct to the Chinese city, and will offer around 70,000 two-way seats annually. Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation, Simon Gandy, welcomed the addition of this new Chinese destination, which makes Zhengzhou the 11th destination in mainland China accessible via a non-stop flight from the airport. “Today’s inaugural flight by Jetstar is a win for Melbourne, continuing the strong growth in the number of visitors from China heading to the world’s most livable city,” Gandy said. “China is Melbourne’s largest international passenger market with more than 1.2 million passengers travelling between the airport and China in FY16/17. For years we have experienced consistent international passenger growth and to build on that by adding a completely new service is fantastic for both airlines and for travellers.” No other airline operates this city pair.