Dong­hai set to in­crease Dar­win flights

Dong­hai awaits final nod for third NT-China ser­vice

NT News - - FRONT PAGE - GARY SHIPWAY

TOURISM Min­is­ter Lau­ren Moss says only final reg­u­la­tory ap­proval stands be­tween China’s Dong­hai Air­lines in­creas­ing its di­rect flight ser­vice from Shen­zhen to Dar­win to three times a week.

Ms Moss con­firmed re­ports that the air­line is work­ing to­ward in­tro­duc­ing a third weekly ro­ta­tion for the month of Au­gust op­er­at­ing on Fri­days.

“This is great news and re­in­forces Dong­hai’s com­mit­ment to mak­ing the route suc­cess­ful, bring­ing new Chinese tourists to Dar­win,” she said. “The North­ern Ter­ri­tory Gov­ern­ment un­der­stands that Dong­hai Air­lines is await­ing final reg­u­la­tory ap­proval and Au­gust 3 is the planned start date. This is a strong vote of con­fi­dence in the Ter­ri­tory.

“Since the in­au­gu­ral flight ... more Chinese trav­ellers have be­come aware of the route.”

TOURISM Min­is­ter Lau­ren Moss says only final reg­u­la­tory ap­proval stands be­tween China’s Dong­hai Air­lines in­creas­ing its di­rect flight ser­vice from Shen­zhen to Dar­win to three times a week.

Ms Moss con­firmed re­ports that the air­line is work­ing to­ward in­tro­duc­ing a third weekly ro­ta­tion for the month of Au­gust op­er­at­ing on Fri­days.

“This is great news and re­in­forces Dong­hai’s com­mit­ment to mak­ing the route suc­cess­ful, bring­ing new Chinese tourists to Dar­win,” she said.

“The North­ern Ter­ri­tory Gov­ern­ment un­der­stands that Dong­hai Air­lines is await­ing final reg­u­la­tory ap­proval and Au­gust 3 is the planned start date. This is a strong vote of con­fi­dence in the Ter­ri­tory.

“Since the in­au­gu­ral flight on May 30, more and more Chinese trav­ellers have be­come aware of the route and most im­por­tantly Dar­win.

“It’s great to see that the air­line is flex­i­ble and able to in­crease its ser­vice to meet de­mand.”

Ms Moss added: “The ad­di­tional Fri­day ser­vice for the month of Au­gust gives Chinese vis­i­tors more op­tions to visit our city in our beau­ti­ful dry sea­son and when the city is in full swing with our iconic Dar­win events.

“We have in­vested an ad­di­tional $103 million in tourism and China is a key part of that in­vest­ment for our in­dus­try. The ad­di­tional non-stop di­rect flight from China will fur­ther re­in­force our in­ter­na­tional com­pet­i­tive­ness.”

North­ern Ter­ri­tory Air­ports CEO Ian Kew said he was pleased to learn Dong­hai Air­lines is aim­ing to in­crease its ser­vices to three times per week in Au­gust, which was a show of con­fi­dence in the in­bound tourism mar­ket by the air­line.

Ter­ri­to­ri­ans can book di­rect re­turn flights from Dar­win to Shen­zhen, with flights sched­uled to de­part and re­turn on Wed­nes­days and Sun­days, and for the month of Au­gust Fri­days. Go to http://global.dong­ha­iair.com/ to book or phone Dong­hai Air­lines Aus­tralian Cus­tomer Ser­vice on 1800 905 614.

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