• China Southern to fly the A380 to Sydney, with one of its daily services to be upgauged from an A330 from 27 October
• Sydney is the world’s sixth busiest A380 airport
• Sydney Airport remains Australia's Chinese gateway, with Chinese nationals the second largest passenger group behind New Zealand
China Southern will start flying the flagship A380 on its popular Guangzhou-Sydney route on 27 October, maintaining Sydney Airport’s status as one of the world’s top A380 airports.
“China Southern Airlines’s decision to upgauge one of its A330 daily services to an A380 to Sydney later this year confirms that Sydney Airport is Australia’s number one gateway to China, as well as being one of the world’s top A380 airports,” Sydney Airport Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said.
“This announcement comes just weeks after Emirates confirmed that it will be flying an additional A380 here from June, with China Southern’s additional A380 service to add 162,060 seats to the route annually and contribute $118 million in visitor expenditure to the NSW economy.
“Sydney Airport has one of the world’s newest fleets with China Southern to become our fourth airline to fly the A380 here, alongside Qantas, Emirates and Singapore Airlines, maintaining our status as the world’s sixth busiest A380 airport.
“New generation, quieter aircraft are revolutionising aviation, delivering passenger growth with better noise outcomes and fewer emissions.
“We were honoured to welcome the world’s first A380 service in 2007 and we have grown from just a few services a week to more than 100 as more of our major airlines take delivery of new aircraft.
“The A380 has proved extremely popular with Australian travellers due to the superior passenger experience, greater comfort and space per passenger and quieter in-flight than conventional aircraft.
China Southern also today announced that its other daily Sydney-Guangzhou service would feature its new A330 product with lie-flat business class beds and seat-back entertainment on every seat. Stopovers in Guangzhou will also be even easier, with Australians to be able to stay up to 72 hours without a visa from mid-2013.
“This will enhance China Southern’s appeal to the Australian market, having already shown phenomenal growth over the last three years with its Guangzhou service increasing to daily in early 2010 and then twice daily later that year,” Ms Mather said.
“With growing affluence and a rising middle class, China is also one of our most important markets for boosting inbound tourism and we are working in close partnership with Destination NSW and Tourism Australia to attract more carriers and more services to Sydney, with 12 per cent compound growth in Chinese passengers every year for the past four years.
“This new A380 service will increase Sydney’s share of mainland capacity to 56.5 per cent. “Visitors from China are now Sydney’s second largest passenger group behind New Zealanders and are expected to become the number one passenger group over the next decade.
“Sydney Airport is ready to accommodate this important and growing market, with Chinese wayfinding signage and Mandarin-speaking Red Ambassadors assisting passengers at our international terminal, a Chinese iPhone app and terminal guides translated into Chinese.”
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