Air China will commence non-stop flights from Beijing to Melbourne from the 1st June 2015, becoming the only carrier flying direct between the two cities.

The Beijing-based airline giant will have four flights per week, with moves to increase to a daily schedule by October 2015.  The non-stop service will provide additional opportunities for direct flights from Melbourne to China, adding to the existing direct Shanghai-Melbourne route.

Air China carried over 83 million passengers in 2013, to destinations all around Australia and the world, and the additional route will increase its passenger capacity on Australia-China routes by 60 per cent.

The direct flights will further enhance Melbourne's reputation as the Australian gateway to China, and will increase the already significant business, tourism, education and trade relationship between the two countries.  China is Australia's largest trading partner, with reciprocal trade amounting to over A$150 billion in 2013, and it is Victoria's number one international inbound tourism market with 307,100 visitors in the year ending June 2013.