Cairns is Australia’s gateway to North Queensland where you can visit the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and the Atherton Tablelands. After exploring the city of Cairns, you can take a Cairns to Port Douglas shuttle to experience the idyllic location that showcases the beauty of the tropics.
Tourism body Tourism Port Douglas Daintree (TPDD) has announced that Cathay Pacific has terminated the Hong Kong to Cairns scheduled service last October 27. The regional tourism body is now focused on supporting Silk Air that has daily flight connections through to Europe, Asia and the UK. Silk Air has the same reach as Cathay Pacific.
According to TPDD’s Chief Executive Officer, Tara Bennett, they are assured of a stronger working relationship with Silk Air and Cairns Airport and an alignment of activities. It was devastating for TPDD to hear Cathay Pacific’s announcement to cancel flights to Cairns particularly since the agriculture and aquaculture sectors including tourism rely heavily on flight access.
Cathay Pacific direct flight to Cairns is an important link from the Douglas Shire’s key long haul western markets like the United Kingdom. All efforts were made to reverse Cathay Pacific’s decision because more direct flights to Cairns were needed. An immediate proactive and coordinated campaign is required.
The loss of a long haul international route affected domestic and freight capacity for agricultural products and fresh seafood. The effects were massive and devastating. However, Air New Zealand has announced increased frequencies into Cairns next year. There will be improved flight times for connections with New Zealand and North America.
When it comes to aviation, both tourism bodies and airports have similar end goals of more capacity into Cairns. Tourism organizations focus on stimulating demand while airports focus on supply. Marketing strategies are targeting travelers from New Zealand and North America.
If you are traveler from Europe, the UK or the US or anywhere, your best option is to pre-book airport transfer to your hotel for convenience. If visiting the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest is among your plans, book for Cairns to Port Douglas shuttle so that you won’t miss any of the beautiful sites along the route.