Sydney Airport to welcome new China Eastern Airlines Hangzhou service
Staff Writer |
Sydney Airport will welcome a new direct China Eastern Airlines service from Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province, on November 16.
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The three-weekly service will be operated by an A330-200 aircraft with 234 seats.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming China Eastern Airlines’ new Hangzhou service in November, marking the twelfth mainland Chinese city served by Sydney Airport,” Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said.
“This direct Hangzhou service is expected to bring 22,000 Chinese visitors who will contribute an anticipated $88 million in additional visitor expenditure per year, which is fantastic news for the local economy.
“As well as being a new route, the Hangzhou service links to Beijing, providing passengers with more choice and convenience when travelling to China’s capital.
“Hangzhou is also one of China’s most popular tourist destinations. Located on the spectacular West Lake, it’s home to many famous historical and cultural sites, making it a unique place to explore.”
China Eastern Airlines General Manager – Oceania Kathy Zhang said the new Hangzhou service will boost tourism and provide greater connectivity for passengers.
“China Eastern Airlines’ new route to Hangzhou is a great example of the growth of services between Sydney and China’s second-tier cities, boosting the local tourism industry and economy,” Zhang said.
“This new Hangzhou route will complement the service launched in 2012 between Sydney and Beijing via Nanjing. As a new direct link, it will provide improved connections to Beijing, with services on alternative days of the week.”
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said in the year ended June 2016, we saw 639,000 visitors from China travelling to NSW, up 21 per cent on the previous year. ■