Multimillion-dollar aviation fund to lure new Asian airline to Cairns

A multimillion-dollar aviation fund is expected to lure an airline to replace the Cathay Pacific service between Cairns and Hong Kong.

Cairns Airport and the Cairns Regional Council are looking to “actively engage with airlines” keen to develop routes between Cairns and tourism hubs in Asia using the Queensland Government’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund.

“Improving our tourism and trade links with Asia is crucial when it comes to growing the Cairns economy,” said Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones.

“We … recognise the importance of the Tropical North as a trade hub for Queensland – particularly given our commitment to strengthen trade ties in South-East Asia.”

The expression of interest would be assessed based on the frequency, route and duration of flights, ability to shift around 60 tonnes of freight a week and other factors.

Expressions of interest close on July 22 and a decision is expected by the end of August.