CAIRNS AIRPORT WINS ARE WINS FOR DOUGLAS
Recent announcements from the Cairns Airport mean it is getting easier for inbound visitors to reach the destination. Cairns Airport has welcomed Air New Zealand’s announcement that they will fly their Boeing 777 on peak weekend flights and in addition have added a mid-week flight with an A320 during July to October this year. An additional 39,100 seats between Auckland and Cairns will be added during these months. This is an increase of 12,400 seats (+46%) from prior year. The airline will return to Cairns starting their seasonal service from 27 March. Hong Kong Airlines has announced they will operate their Hong Kong – Gold Coast – Cairns service as year-round from early April after introducing a Chinese New Year charter program on 9 January to run until 30 March. They will start with 2 services per week and go up to 3 per week in July. Hong Kong Airlines have excellent connections into mainland China, so the flights will be marketed there, providing a significant boost to our reach into our fastest growing visitor source market. In addition, Singaporean airline SilkAir is so pleased with its Cairns route that the Darwin stopover is being axed. From May 30 all thrice-weekly flights to and from Singapore will be non-stop, the carrier had been just flying direct on Saturdays but will now make Monday and Thursday non-stop as well.This is fantastic news for the region as this Singapore service is a key link in our international network, giving holiday visitors from Asia and Europe a new option for easy access direct into Cairns.