Tourists have been able to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Sanya Bay and its surrounding scenery since the low-altitude airspace tourism project opened to the public in Hainan in 2013.

On 9th July, 2013, with two helicopters taking off from Sanya Bay beach, service on low-altitude airspace tourism in Hainan officially began.

To allow the public to enjoy a faster and more luxurious way of travelling, Meiya Air, the country's first licensed operator authorized by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, launched amphibious air services on 25th January this year.

Sanya has unique advantages for developing a low-altitude airspace tourism sector, with its good air quality, very pure water, blue sky and preferential policies. Currently, there are 3 seaplanes in service.

Since its launching last year, the low-altitude airspace tourism market has enjoyed steady growth. Usually, the air sees an average of 6 helicopter flights conducted daily. “During the peak season, the number of flight trips can reach more than 10,” said Song Zhiqian, the Deputy Manager of the Sanya Yalong General Aviation Company.

“We are seeking to promote this new leisure tourism product by cooperating with hotels, travel agents as well as cruise companies,” he added.

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