The inaugural Donghai Airlines’ flight from Shenzhen was greeted in Darwin with a traditional water arch salute. The Chinese carrier will operate this connection to Australia’s Northern Territory twice-weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays. The 4,313-kilometre route will be flown by 737-800s and there is no direct competition.
- Donghai Airlines launched services to Australia on 30 May when the Chinese carrier introduced a new link from Shenzhen (SZX) to Darwin (DRW). Flights on the 4,313-kilometre sector will operate twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays). The airline will deploy its 737-800s on the route and there is no incumbent competition.“We have invested an additional $103 million to turbocharge tourism and the arrival of our first non-stop direct flight from China heralds a step-change in our international competitiveness,” said Michael Gunner, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory. “The new route is anticipated to bring thousands of new Chinese visitors to the Territory, and has the potential to deliver $32 million in new visitor expenditure each year, once the route reaches three flights per week at 80% capacity.” Northern Territory Airports CEO Ian Kew, said the launch of the non-stop air service to Shenzhen will provide immediate economic benefits to Darwin and the Northern Territory. “Donghai Airlines commitment to the non-stop air service has already created new jobs and business opportunities for NT residents. Additional catering and ground handling contracts have been awarded to local operators and the flight crew will be accommodated in Darwin hotels,” said Kew. “Importantly, these services open up new supply channels for airfreight. There will be an expected average of 1.5 tonnes of freight volume available for export/import per flight to trans-ship time sensitive high-value items between the Northern Territory and China.” See how Darwin Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.