Hong Kong Airlines will launch direct flights between Hong Kong and the Gold Coast early next year, in what would be the first Australian route for the airline.
From January 2016 the airline will fly from Hong Kong to Australia non-stop but will detour via Cairns on the return, with the now-seasonal flights slated to end on March 31 2016.
“While this is an important first step, it is hoped that the success of the charter series will ultimately lead to a longer-term year-round scheduled service with Hong Kong Airlines into the Gold Coast,” said Gold Coast Tourism CEO Martin Winter.
“These seasonal services have been secured thanks to a partnership between Gold Coast Tourism, Gold Coast Airport, Cairns Airport and Tourism and Events Queensland,” added Queensland Tourism Minister Kate Jones.
While Qantas and Cathay Pacific both fly from Brisbane to Hong Kong, this would be the first service from the Gold Coast.
The flights would run on Hong Kong Airlines’ Airbus A330s fitted with both business and economy class cabins.
The airline also has 15 advanced Airbus A350 jets on order for delivery from 2018.
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