Hainan Airlines will operate direct flights between Shenzhen and Cairns starting Dec. 19, according to an announcement from the airline company with Queensland Tourism Administration recently in Beijing.

The Shenzhen-Cairns route will be the airline’s second direct flight to the Australian state of Queensland, following the Shenzhen-Brisbane route launched Sept. 20.

The new route is also the sixth direct route to Australia by Hainan Airlines.

The flight HU745 will leave Shenzhen at 11:05 p.m. every Tuesday and Saturday and arrive in Cairns at 8:30 a.m. the following day (local time).

The flight HU746 will return at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday and Sunday and arrive in Shenzhen at 3:45 p.m. (local time).

The twice-weekly flight will operate using an Airbus A330 equipped with entertainment and food.

Located in northeastern Queensland, Cairns is a famous harbor city and an important gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Hou Wei, vice president of Hainan Airlines, said opening the new flight will further enhance cultural and trade exchanges between the two countries.

The Shenzhen-Brisbane route that opened last month operates twice a week using an Airbus A330 aircraft.

Shenzhen will be the Brisbane airport’s 80th destination and Hainan Airlines its 31st airline.

(Source: Shenzhen)