China Southern Airlines is increasing its Boeing 777 service between Australia and China from five per week to a daily service from this Thursday, December 2.
The increase coincides with the fourth anniversary of the airline’s commencement of flights from Sydney to China, which began with three weekly services in December 2000.
Flights from Sydney to Guangzhou will depart at 10:50 hrs (Australian Daylight Saving Time) for the remainder of the northern summer schedule period, which ends March 26, 2005.
The airline’s Thursday and Sunday services from Australia will continue to originate in Melbourne, then via Sydney to Guangzhou, departing Melbourne at 08:20 hrs (Daylight Saving Time).
All China Southern flights from Australia arrive at the new Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport at 17:05 hrs (local time).
The new schedule provides much-needed extra capacity between Australia and China during the peak Christmas-New Year and Chinese New Year periods.
It also helps meet the growing demand for leisure and business travel between the two countries as well as providing additional B777 freight capacity.
China is becoming increasingly popular with Australian tourists, with significant growth occurring in both package holiday programs and independent leisure travel.
Business travel between Australia and China is also growing strongly, and Guangzhou offers not only a new and easy gateway to China but a major hub for onward travel to anywhere in the country plus an increasing number of European destinations, using China Southern’s growing fleet of brand new Boeing and Airbus aircraft.
China Southern’s flights into Australia depart nightly from Guangzhou - five direct to Sydney and two operating to Melbourne, then on to Sydney.