OAG: China travel to Australia boosted by capacity expansion, connectivity and AUD weakness

    OAG, via its official blog, reported (03-Nov-2017) three key factors appear to “have been all working in perfect harmony” to increase Chinese travel to Australia: the expansion of international services from Chinese carriers; the increased connectivity of secondary Chinese cities; and the continued weakness of the Australian dollar. Australia and China announced an open skies aviation agreement in Dec-2016. In 2017, nine new city pairs have been launched, building on the 45% increase in frequencies from 2013 to 2016, and the 50% increase in capacity. In 2016, 1.2 million Chinese visitors travelled to Australia, an increase of 17% year-on-year, building on 22% growth in 2015. China is now Australia’s as the second largest source market, after New Zealand, with a significantly above-average spend per traveller. [more – original PR]