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From Asia

May 7, 2014

Given that Australia is effectively in the same time-zones as eastern and southern Asian cities, the potential impact of jet-lag for travellers from these locations to Australia may be less than those crossing multiple time-zones from Europe or North America.  Non-stop services to Australia originate in Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Saigon, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Singapore.  Flying times are typically 6 hours from Singapore and 10 hours from Tokyo, with durations from other cities averaging about 8 hours.  Flights that leave about midnight arrive in Australia early the next morning.

Airlines serving Australia from Asia include major carriers such as Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Korean Airlines, Asiana and Japan Airlines.  Others include Silk Air (regional wing of Singapore Airlines), Vietnam Airlines, Garuda Indonesian, China Southern, JetStar, China Air,Evergreen, and a host of low-cost carriers who are beginning to replicate the phenomenon of pared-back service that has changed the face of aviation in Europe in the past decade.

While the predominant Asia to Australia air routing involves arrival at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Cairns airports, increasingly Asia-based travellers seeking direct connections to the Luxury Lodges of Australia based in South Australia, Northern Territory or Western Australia will fly non-stop from Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore to Adelaide, Darwin or Perth.

Service from most cities in the Indian subcontinent include transit through Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, while the traveling public from China will increasingly find new travel routings to Australia to augment the current Hong Kong, Shanghai or Beijing transit points.  Holiday package flights from several Japanese cities to the warm shores of eastern Australia (such as the Coolangatta airport at the Gold Coast an hour south of Brisbane) are another alternative transport option.


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