Jetstar launches direct flights to China’s Wuhan from Gold Coast

Update:05 May 2015

 Jetstar will launch direct flights using its Boeing Dreamliner between the Gold Coast and Wuhan in central China in an attempt to target the fast-growing Chinese tourism market.

The twice weekly services are part of a partnership with Chinese property and entertainment conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, which will sell flight and holiday packages to the Gold Coast for Chinese travellers.

Jetstar Australia and New Zealand chief executive David Hall said the new flights would deliver substantial economic benefits to the tourism and hospitality sector on the Gold Coast.

"This new service opens up a direct link between south-east Queensland and one of the largest travel markets in the world, delivering about 70,000 seats between China and the Gold Coast each year," he said.

"It's a great opportunity for us to build our presence in the Chinese market with the establishment of a direct service from Australia."

They will be Jetstar's first direct flights to mainland China from Australia.

The Hong Kong-listed Dalian Wanda began constructing a three-tower development on the Gold Coast about a month ago. The conglomerate is chaired by one of China's richest men, Wang Jianlin.

The lavish $1 billion development will include 171 hotel rooms, 500 apartments and luxury shops.

China is Australia's second-largest source of inbound visitors, behind New Zealand. Australian tourism operators and airlines are eager to tap a greater share of the Chinese visitor market.

The federal government recently agreed to make it possible for Chinese visitors to gain three-year, multiple entry tourist visas to Australia after pressure from tourism bodies, airlines and airports.

The flights will begin on September 29 and operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The airline's Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners seat 335 passengers.

Shares in Jetstar's parent, Qantas Airways, fell almost 1 per cent to $3.36 early on Tuesday afternoon.


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