Gold Coast Bulletin
IT’S on like Hong Kong, with flights from the Chinese island to the Gold Coast becoming a permanent arrangement.
Just four weeks after the launch of the direct Gold Coast-Hong Kong route, Hong Kong Airlines has announced it will continue the service beyond its three-month trial.
Twice-weekly flights will commence from April after the Chinese New Year charter program began last month.
Airline chief commercial officer Li Dianchun said: “We firmly believe the year-round service will further enhance the cultural, tourism and business exchange between China, Asia and Australia via our strong international hub Hong Kong, bringing into full play our connectivity in this part of the world.”
Gold Coast Tourism chief executive Martin Winter welcomed the news and said the service was a significant addition to the city.
“Importantly, these scheduled services represent a significant increase in access to the Gold Coast from China’s tier one and two cities via Hong Kong Airlines’ extensive regional network, providing yet another opportunity to build on the Gold Coast’s share of Australia’s highest yielding international market, China,” he said.
“The significant up-scaling of these services from an 11-week charter program to a year-round scheduled service is testament to the airline’s belief in the continued growth of China and the growing appeal of our destination for Chinese travellers.”