Gold Coasters will have more opportunities to fly direct to Hong Kong when Hong Kong Airlines adds two additional services from December this year.
The airline will also add extra direct flights from Hong Kong to Cairns.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today said the new services would bring an additional $70 million into the state through overnight visitor expenditure.
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“These additional weekly services have the potential to bring an extra 30,000 inbound passengers and combined with the existing service, deliver 59,000 seats each year,” the Premier said.
“Already we have secured more than 600,000 extra seats with the potential to bring an extra $480 million in tourism expenditure for our economy.
“That means more tourism jobs for Queensland.”
The additional flights came about through the State Government’s partnership with stakeholders such as Gold Coast Tourism, and Gold Coast Airport.
Gold Coast Tourism CEO Martin Winter said: “This is further evidence of the importance of air access from China to the Gold Coast, with a 33 per cent growth in the China market in the past twelve months and a 66 per cent growth from Hong Kong.”
Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said: “The thrice weekly services have exceeded our performance expectations; we are confident the increased services will be well received from both an inbound and outbound perspective.