[photopress:hainan_beautiful_island.jpg,full,alignright]China will open new air routes the southern resort island of Hainan, with flight times to Southeast Asia to be cut by over two hours. The new routes will also mean shorter flights for tourists flying in from Japan, South Korea and Europe. It will also mean an immense influx of visitors for Hainan is one of the most attractive sea side places in China.
Tourism authorities are also aiming to develop new markets from Australia and New Zealand.
The General Administration of Civil Aviation’s statement said, ‘The move is a sound step towards building Hainan into a regional aviation hub.’ The new routes will be added ‘at an early date’.
Fascinating that the new routes became possible only after China’s military agreed to open up more airspace to civilian traffic.
The administration said the new routes would be particularly appealing for travelers from Southeast Asia. Travel time from Sanya, the southernmost city in Hainan, to Singapore will be reduced to just over five hours and a half hours, two hours and 28 minutes less than current flights.
Hainan is China’s most southern province and is popular with tourists for its tropical climate, beaches and seafood. Tourism numbers rose 37% last year to 513,000. When these new routes open watch them boom.