Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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