Since Hainan was chosen as the pilot region for low-altitude airspace management reform in 2011, the low-altitude helicopter tourism market has enjoyed a boom in business in recent years.
Since the new policy was announced, there are two aviation companies operating in Sanya, Meiya Air and Yalong General Aviation Co., which offer a variety of low-altitude flight tourism activities including helicopter and seaplane tours.
The helicopter and seaplane routes cover the main attractions in Sanya, including the Sanya Bay coastline, East Island, Phoenix Island, Luhuitou, Wuzhizhou Island, Haitang Bay and Nanshan, providing tourists with an amazing perspective of Sanya’s most famous spots.
Meiya Air has also expanded its business to neighboring island cities by offering the helicopter tours from Sanya to Boao and Qionghai.
As Sanya has tremendous potential for light helicopter tourism, a variety of themed products like air weddings, transportation and self-flying tours will be on offer to attract a wide range of tourists.
"The number of tourists in Sanya is increasing every year. Increasingly, they can afford and are very interested in new things like air tours," said one Sanya aviation official.
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