China Eastern to increase Australia services

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China Eastern Airlines plans to expand its Australian footprint in the coming months with new services to the country and an increase in the frequency of existing ones.

The SkyTeam alliance member says it intends to launch a new service from Beijing and Nanjing to Australia, although it did not specify the exact destination.

In July, however, it filed an application with the Civil Aviation Administration of China to serve a thrice weekly Beijing-Nanjing-Sydney service.

The airline will also raise the frequency of its Shanghai Pudong-Sydney service from daily to nine times weekly in mid-December. It previously launched a twice weekly Shanghai Pudong-Cairns service on 30 October. The Chinese carrier also operates daily Shanghai Pudong-Melbourne service.

The Shanghai-based airline's plans come after Australia's transport minister said last week that his country is in negotiations for an open skies agreement with China.