China Southern to launch Perth to Guangzhou route in November


China Southern Airlines will launch a Perth to Guangzhou service later this year adding 86,000 seats a year to the route.

Starting on November 28, the non-stop flights will operate three days a week using 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

Perth Airport chief commercial and aviation officer Kate Holsgrove said China represents Western Australia’s fourth biggest market.

“The return of this service is a result of a significant amount of work in partnership with Tourism WA and State Government and we look forward to further developing our partnership with China Southern Airlines,” she said.

WA Tourism Minister Rita Saffioti said China Southern’s return will bolster inbound tourism.

“China stands out as one of Western Australia’s premium markets that has historically delivered high visitor numbers and expenditure, so we’d expect this to rise significantly with the resumption of this non-stop service,” she said.

“This direct connection will not only bolster inbound tourism, but also energise adjacent sectors such as agriculture and business exchanges, solidifying our state’s reputation as Australia’s Western Gateway.”

Melissa Elf, Flight Centre Corporate’s managing director for ANZ, said they had seen a rise in bookings between Perth and China already this year.

“For the first four months of the year (January to March), we’ve already seen a massive increase in the number of bookings between Perth and China, taking off by 54 per cent year on year, with the number of travellers hitting an upward trajectory of more than 130 per cent,” she said.