AIR freight from Victoria is in for a boost with the announcement of a new Virgin service between Melbourne and Hong Kong.
The service was officially announced this morning when a 34 metre dragon or ‘Yar Loong’ glided into Melbourne Airport this morning, with Virgin founder, Sir Richard Branson, leading the way.
Mr Branson was joined by federal trade minister Steven Ciobo, state tourism and major events minister John Eren, Virgin chief executive and managing director John Borghetti and regional director for the Hong Kong Tourism Board, Andrew Clark.
The airline is to operate five flights a week on a dual aisle Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Simon Gandy said the Melbourne-Hong Kong route was an important connection for cargo, business travel and tourism.
“We are delighted Virgin have chosen Melbourne to expand their international services creating more opportunities for Victorians,” Mr Gandy said.
“This international service will make a significant impact on our local economy as each daily international service injects between 100 and 150 million dollars a year into Victoria.
“With five flights a week that’s almost two million dollars flowing into the Victorian economy each week from this new service.”