The new thrice-weekly flights are a triangular service that departs from Hong Kong, then is off to the Gold Coast, and further to Cairns en-route back to Hong Kong.
On the route, Hong Kong Airlines will deploy an Airbus A330 aircraft that contains 292 seats, including 32 business class seats, and will operate on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
“Hong Kong Airlines is thrilled to introduce this highly-anticipated triangular service between Hong Kong and Australia,” said Li Dianchun, commercial director of Hong Kong Airlines.
“The new service is designed to respond to the growing demand for tourism in Gold Coast and Cairns, both of which are sought-after destinations for leisure travel from Hong Kong.
“Leveraging our connectivity in Asia via the international hub Hong Kong, we believe the new service will be well received by the passengers especially those from Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Okinawa, Bangkok and Taipei, offering them more travel options.”
In the past six years, Australia has registered an increase in Hong Kong travellers to their country.
Holiday makers contributed to 72.5 per cent of Hong Kong visitors to Queensland in 2014, according to the statistics of Tourism and Events Queensland.
In terms of visitors from Hong Kong to Queensland, the numbers rose by 15 per cent year-over-year during the same period.
Total visitor count from Hong Kong to Queensland also rose notably by 15 per cent year-on-year in the same period.