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China's resort island Hainan launches more air routes to connect the world

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-11-16 15:31

Passengers board a Hainan Airlines airplane at Haikou Meilan International Airport in the capital city of Hainan province on Nov 12, 2018. [Photo by Hu Yuanjia/For China Daily]

HAIKOU -- A new air route connecting the city of Busan, the Republic of Korea and Haikou, capital of China's southernmost province of Hainan, will begin running on November 27, Hainan's Meilan International Airport confirmed.

Operated by Air Busan, the flight will be carried out twice a week. The Busan-Haikou flight is scheduled to depart at 10:35 pm local time on Wednesday and 10:00 pm local time on Saturday.

It is one of the 24 international air routes newly opened in Hainan this year.

Hainan, once an isolated and backward island, has stepped up efforts to launch more overseas air routes to reinforce its connection with the world.

So far, the province has 98 overseas air routes, according to the provincial transport authority.

Hainan put forward building an air transport network in April, called four-hour and eight-hour flight economic circle, which is expected to enable people to have trips between the island and 21 countries and regions in Asia within four hours and 59 countries and regions spanning across Asia, Australia, Europe and Africa within eight hours.

From January to October, a total of 17,000 overseas flights took off and landed in Hainan, up 23.3 percent from a year earlier. Passenger throughput also saw a rise by 28.7 percent year on year to 2.1 million during the period, the provincial transport authority said.

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