Hainan Airlines yesterday (28 February) started a new three-weekly direct Boeing 737-800 route from Haikou – capital of south China’s Hainan Province – and Osaka, Japan’s second-largest city.
It is this year’s first flight from Haikou added by Hainan Airlines, which has so far opened a number of international routes linking Haikou with cities including Rome, Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne.
Hainan Province had 74 international air routes in total by December last year and aims to increase the figure to 100 by 2020.
China plans to build Hainan Airlines into an international tourism and consumption center by 2025 and a globally influential tourism and consumption destination by 2035.
The province aims to attract two million overseas tourists by 2020, with an average annual growth rate of 25 per cent between 2018 and 2020, according to a three-year action plan released last June.