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Sydney Airport welcomes China Southern Airlines’ A380 service

28-Oct-2013 12:29 PM

Australia's Sydney Airport welcomed (28-Oct-2013) China Southern Airlines' first A380 service, marking the carrier's second international routes to be served with the aircraft after Guangzhou-Los Angeles, according to China Southern’s Weibo page. Sydney Airport CEO Kerrie Mather said, “Sydney Airport is excited to welcome China Southern‟s A380 aircraft on the popular Guangzhou-Sydney route in time for the busy holiday season and ahead of Chinese New Year", adding: "This additional A380 for Sydney will add more than 160,000 annual seats, boosting tourism and trade between Australia and China, delivering a further estimated $100 million in additional annual visitor expenditure to the New South Wales economy, and providing an associated increase in jobs". The airport noted that cllose to 400,000 Chinese resident visitors visited Sydney in the past financial year and "Chinese passengers are consistently our highest growing passenger group – with annual growth averaging almost 14 per cent over the past four years – and last year became our second largest international passenger group". Since 2009, China Southern Airlines' number of annual passengers has increased by 167%. It is the fourth airline to operate the A380 to Sydney and Sydney Airport is now the world‟s fifth busiest A380 airport – catering to 120 weekly A380 services. Seven airlines currently serving greater China from Sydney, providing more than 90 frequencies per week. [more - original PR]