Jetstar has commenced its first direct flight between mainland China and Australia.
The low-cost carrier’s inaugural Wuhan–Gold Coast service landed at Coolangatta Airport in Queensland on Tuesday, with more than 300 Chinese visitors onboard. China’s Dalian Wanda Group has teamed up with Jetstar on the route, selling flight and holiday packages to the Gold Coast to Chinese travellers.
“We’re proud to bring the Gold Coast its first ever non-stop service from China with the introduction of our twice-weekly flights from Wuhan,” said Jetstar’s CEO, Jayne Hrdlicka.
“We know how important the Chinese market is to Queensland’s tourism sector and these new services will deliver 70,000 seats a year between Wuhan and the Gold Coast.
“This is a huge opportunity for the Gold Coast and we’re so pleased to see this service is off to a great start with strong bookings out of Wuhan,” she added.
Jetstar will now operate the Gold Coast-Wuhan services every Tuesday and Saturday using its 335-seat Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
The Jetstar Group flies to seven cities in Greater China, but this marks the first direct connection from Australia.