This week saw Sichuan Airlines return to Sydney after a 45 month hiatus, which signifies a full recovery of the Chinese market for the airport.
In terms of direct services to China from the Australian area, the following is the list of airlines doing so:
- Air China
- Beijing Capital Airlines
- China Eastern Airlines
- China Southern Airlines
- Hainan Airlines
- Sichuan Airlines
- Tianjin Airlines
- Xiamen Airlines
Sichuan Airlines Returns to Sydney, Chinese Market Recovered…
Sichuan Airlines operated it’s first flight back to Sydney from Chengdu, which makes them the final ex-Chinese operator to reinstate flights to the region.
Geoff Culbert, the CEO of the airport said the following on the airline’s return:
“The return of Sichuan Airlines comes at a time when capacity to China is nearing pre-Covid levels, something that seemed impossible at the start of the year.
“We started the year with very few flights from China, but by November we’ll be 86 per cent recovered, with more flights coming online in the coming months.
“The pace at which this market has returned has exceeded our expectations and will play a crucial role in supporting the recovery of tourism, business and student travel and the broader New South Wales economy.”
Adding to this was Deyun Wu, the General Manager of the Commercial Committee at Sichuan Airlines:
“We are so excited to open up the Chengdu to Sydney route and proud to welcome Australians to the home of the giant panda.”
“Chengdu is a city that offers visitors unique cultural experiences and natural wonders, from sacred mountains and bamboo forests to spicy Sichuan cuisine and tranquil teahouses.”
Overall, this is great news for the airport as now the focus will be on bolstering the Chinese market going into the future.
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