Additional airline seats approved to support Chinese New Year period

Joint media release:

  • The Hon Warren Truss MP, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
  • The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, Minister for Trade and Investment

5 February 2014

Chinese airlines have been given approval to exceed their weekly seat number entitlement through to the end of February in order to meet increased visitor demand associated with the busy Chinese New Year period in Australia.

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said the Chinese airlines had been granted approval to exceed their weekly seat capacity entitlement of 22,500 to the major Australian gateways to accommodate increased numbers of Chinese tourists and businesspeople during this traditionally busy time.

"The number of Chinese visitors to Australia grew 18 per cent from 2011/12 to 2012/13 to reach more than 685,000 people, resulting in $4.4 billion of direct economic benefit," Mr Robb said.

"We want to see those figures increase and we are actively supporting the industry to achieve that goal with this decision and other measures, such as addressing regulation, barriers to tourism infrastructure project approvals and encouraging foreign direct investment in the sector.

"We are also heavily promoting Australia as a tourism destination in China through our marketing efforts overseen by Tourism Australia, which includes a number of partnership agreements with Chinese aviation carriers," he said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Coalition Government was committed to ensuring aviation capacity adequately met demand during peak periods.

"Chinese New Year is a very important time for the Chinese community and the wider community at large across Australia, and in recognition we have approved additional seats by Chinese carriers through to the end of February," Mr Truss said.

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