China Southern will launch a thrice-weekly non-stop service between Guangzhou and Adelaide in December.

It will become the first carrier to operate non-stop flights between the mainland and Adelaide. Currently, the easiest connection point for Chinese travellers to Adelaide is to travel via Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific.

Speaking to the International Business Times, South Australia premier Jay Weatherill said: “Having a direct flight from mainland China will create jobs that extend well beyond Adelaide Airport – helping our tourism and hospitality sectors to take advantage of this growing market”.

China Southern has been gradually expanding its presence in Australia, with services to Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney from Guangzhou. The Skyteam member also began operating a Shenzhen–Sydney service back in January.

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Clement Huang