Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

Cairns Air­port has con­firmed three avi­a­tion an­nounce­ments in the past weeks in­creas­ing the in­ter­na­tional ar­rivals into Cairns from later this year. The first an­nounce­ment of Silk Air in­creas­ing their Cairns to Sin­ga­pore weekly fre­quency to five times per week from Novem­ber as well as dur­ing the peak months of July and Au­gust in the in­terim. Korean air­line Jin Air will again op­er­ate a sea­sonal ser­vice to Cairns from Seoul in De­cem­ber and Jan­uary and the fi­nal, much an­tic­i­pated an­nounce­ment that China South­ern Air­lines will be fly­ing Guangzhou Cairns ser­vices start­ing De­cem­ber this year with three ser­vices per week year round. This is not only ex­pected to in­crease vis­i­ta­tion from China as it opens up the ‘Can­ton Route’ for trav­ellers to con­nect from Europe through to Cairns. The three flights will strengthen the growth the re­gion has seen this year in in­bound travel which was up 10% to the year end­ing March 2017 into the Dou­glas Shire.

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