China Southern Airlines added a 14th stationed aircraft to its base in Sanya on June 27th.

The new Sanya-based aircraft, which will fly routes to Shenzhen and Shanghai, will bring in an estimated 5 million yuan in flight tax revenue to the city.

Sanya’s tourism industry has enjoyed rapid growth in recent years. The city received more than 5 million tourist arrivals in the first five months of this year, which not only helped support the local economy but also helped boost Sanya’s aviation industry.

During the summer vacation, the airline company is planning to operate 2,698 aircraft movements from Sanya to other destinations, a year-on-year increase of 18.5%. About 800,000 passengers are expected to be transported in and out of Sanya during the period.

In the future, China Southern Airlines plans to continue to open more domestic and international air routes to the Sanya area, including Sanya-Guangzhou-Osaka service which will be launched at the end of this year, greatly enlivening the tourism market and making more contributions to the economy and overall development of the region.

According to the plan, China Southern Airlines will deploy 11 additional aircrafts in the region from 2015 to 2020. By 2020, the carrier is expected to handle 8 million passengers in and out the city annually.

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