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Hot Tomato were at Gold Coast Airport this morning and welcomed Jetstar’s inaugural service between Gold Coast and Wuhan China along with Gold Coast Tourism today, which touched down just after 8.00am.
Passengers arriving on the first flight were met by key tourism, government, and aviation executives, as well as Australian animals from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and theme park characters from Movie World and Dreamworld.
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Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer, David Collins said that the commencement of direct services from Wuhan China to the Gold Coast will meet current and forecasted demand in bringing Chinese tourists to the region.
“Gold Coast Airport has been in collaboration with City of Gold Coast, Gold Coast Tourism and Tourism and Events Queensland for a number of years to bring this service to fruition, and today with the arrival of the inaugural first flight, all of the hard work has paid off.
“Visitation to the Gold Coast from China has grown 81% over the last four years and we are confident that this number will increase as a result of these direct services,” said Mr Collins.
These direct flights are the result of a landmark agreement with Jetstar and Hubei Wanda New Airline International Travel Services Co. Ltd.
“Jetstar has been a key airline partner for Gold Coast Airport since they commenced services to the Gold Coast in 2004 and we commend their commitment to this new service.
“Our Business Development team has been focused on securing a direct China service for a number of years and I’d like to acknowledge their dedication and commitment.
“We look forward to working with Jetstar and the Wanda Group to ensure the long–term success of these services,” said Mr Collins.
Gold Coast Tourism CEO, Martin Winter said the direct services to and from central China will increase the accessibility of the Gold Coast, to the growing Chinese market.
“Central China represents a new frontier for the Gold Coast in our marketing efforts in China. With existing air services from Southern, Northern and Eastern China, the addition of these Jetstar services from Central China greatly enhances the overall accessibility of the Gold Coast from the burgeoning Chinese market,” Mr Winter explained.
The Gold Coast – Wuhan China service operates twice weekly, and is operated by a B787 aircraft.
The city of Wuhan, with a population of 10 million people, is the capital of Hubei Province in China which has an overall population of 57 million people. Travel beyond Wuhan throughout China is possible from the capital’s airport and high speed rail system.
“On behalf of Gold Coast Airport I’d like to acknowledge and thank the Wanda Group for their commitment to bringing this service to fruition and the Hubei Provincial Government for their ongoing support of the new service,” said Mr Collins.