• China Eastern to fly to Nanjing direct three times a week
• New Chinese version of iPhone app and Chinese language signage to be installed later this month
• Red Ambassadors return for Chinese New Year
China Eastern will fly direct between Nanjing and Sydney three times a week from 21 December, maintaining Sydney Airport’s position as Australia’s number one gateway airport for Chinese visitors.
“We’re delighted to announce a new route from one of our fastest growing carriers, less than a week after the NSW Government announced its China tourism strategy,” Sydney Airport chief executive officer Kerrie Mather said.
“This is fantastic news for tourism in Sydney and NSW and shows strong demand by the Chinese to visit our beautiful city.
“The historic city of Nanjing has a population of more than eight million people and is an important centre for commerce and trade in eastern China, adding to Sydney Airport’s already significant network of major China region cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
China Eastern will fly an A330-300 service between Sydney and Nanjing three times a week then onwards to Beijing, taking its total weekly services from Sydney to 12.
“Earlier this year, China overtook the US to become our second largest inbound nationality market, second to only New Zealand and we want to show that we are ‘China-ready’,” Ms Mather said.
Sydney Airport will release a full Chinese version of its popular iPhone app in time for Christmas. The app will automatically display the Chinese or the English version, depending on user settings.
“Sydney Airport’s iPhone app is used more than 30,000 times every week and we hope that our Chinese passengers also use the app to check flight arrivals and departures and other airport information.
“Dynamic Chinese wayfinding signage will also be installed in the arrivals section of the international terminal in time for Christmas.
“Following the success of this year’s Red Ambassador program, we are doubling the number of Mandarin-speaking guides to 40 volunteers during next year’s Chinese New Year festival over January and February.
“We are so pleased with the response we received from the community, with 120 people expressing interest in improving the passenger experience for our Chinese visitors.
“Chinese New Year is the busiest time of year for our Chinese carriers because it’s traditionally a time for reuniting with family and our Red Ambassadors were so well-received this year that we’re doubling the number for Chinese New Year 2013.
“Sydney Airport is committed to improving our services for this significant and growing market.”