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China Eastern flights soar daily into Queensland

Tourism will get a boost after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced China Eastern Airlines would increase its services from Shanghai to Brisbane to daily flights from this December, following high-level discussions during the Premier’s recent trade mission to China.

The daily flights were secured through the Palaszczuk Government’s Aviation Attraction Investment Fund.

The Premier said the daily flight schedule would continue to build visitation from the state’s largest market in a significant boost for tourism in Queensland.

“Our partnership with China Eastern was a first and the airline has shown great confidence in my government’s ongoing commitment to increase aviation access to Queensland,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Having met with senior China Eastern officials in China recently and putting the case for more flights to and from Queensland, I’m very pleased in their decision to increase their commitment from three flights per week to seven.

“That’s before they’ve even started their service into Brisbane.

“It’s a massive show of support and one that shows our attracting aviation strategy is working.

“This daily route will bring up to 85,000 inbound passengers to Queensland and generate $53 million in economic benefit to the state.

“We know that every dollar we generate for tourism supports Queensland jobs.”

A record 400,000 Chinese travellers visited Queensland in 2015 contributing almost $1 billion in visitor expenditure- up 51 per cent on the previous year.

Tourism Minister Kate Jones said Queensland became the first Australian state to partner with China Eastern in a landmark agreement late last year.

“In a show of confidence for the state’s tourism industry, China Eastern has increased its scheduled three-weekly service to daily,” Ms Jones said.

“We are committed to working with airline partners to increase access into Queensland, supporting local jobs and inspiring more visitors to experience the best address on earth.

“This new China Eastern service will provide a potential boost of more than $50 million in overnight visitor expenditure and continue to develop Queensland’s fastest growing international visitor market.

“Continuing to strengthen partnerships in the Asian market is a key focus for our Government with the aim of generating increased visitation from the region.”

China Eastern Airlines currently operates a seasonal service between Shanghai and Cairns providing access for up to 13,000 visitors each year to Tropical North Queensland, the state’s northern gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

The China Eastern Airlines service is supported by Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) through the Government’s $10 million Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AAIF) in partnership with Tourism Australia and Brisbane Airport Corporation.