An agreement between the Australian and Chinese governments has declared 2017 to be the “China-Australia Year of Tourism” (CAYOT) with the goal being to strengthen ties between the two nations and increase tourism. A key determining factor in the success of this partnership will be the buy-in of Chinese airlines as the establishment of more routes will be paramount to its success. There are numerous examples across Australia showing that when new routes are established tourism increases. This growth subsequently has a positive impact on hotels, illustrating the importance of airline routes. However, will our airports be able to cope or will they be capacity constrained?