The FINANCIAL -- Melbourne Airport has welcomed the inaugural direct Air China service from Beijing to Melbourne.
Melbourne Airport CEO, Mr Chris Woodruff, said it was an exciting milestone.
“As the first airline to provide Victorians with a direct service to Beijing, I am delighted Air China has chosen to commence this service,” said Mr Woodruff.
“China continues to be our most important and number one long haul market, growing more than 20 per cent in the last quarter alone. I thank Air China for their continued support in improving connections to this important market.”
“Chinese visitors account for more than a quarter of visitor spending by international visitors in Victoria and inject more than $1 billion a year into Victoria’s economy. And this figure is growing, averaging nearly 20 per cent growth a year since 2010.”
“This new non-stop service will further strengthen our tourism, education and business ties with Beijing and the growing number of Chinese people travelling to our great state.”
“Victorians travelling to Beijing will also benefit with more choice and more convenience as they no longer need to travel through other airports. Connectivity will also be improved through access to Air China’s extensive network of global destinations.”
The four times weekly service is operated on an A330-200 and provides 28 business class seats and 199 economy class seats, according to Melbourne Airport.