1. July 2011 10:02
China’s leading carrier China Eastern Airlines recently disclosed that it is into talks with the Department of Transportation in Hawaii for launching a new nonstop flight service from Shanghai to Honolulu.
The airline in a statement said that the new Shanghai-Honolulu flight would be the first regular scheduled flight to be operated between China and Hawaii.
Starting August 9, the new Shanghai-Honolulu flight service will be operated twice a week.
According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the visitor arrivals in Honolulu will be around 82,000 in 2011. This will be a 24 percent increase as compared to the last year, with per person per day average spending of US$368.
The HTA officials see this as a positive development and hope that with the launch of Shanghai-Honolulu flight service the annual visitor expenditures will be up to US$60 million. Besides, it will also open new job opportunities in the Hawaii Islands.
Earlier, the visitors from China traveled to Honolulu through Japan or Korea before the announcement of the launch of new direct, nonstop Shanghai-Honolulu flight service.
Tourism experts hope that Shanghai, being a major hub in Asia, visitors from across China as well as other parts of Asia will be utilizing the new Shanghai-Honolulu route.
China Eastern Airlines is among the biggest airlines in China, and is based in Shanghai. It currently operates flight services on over 330 domestic routes and over 80 regional and international routes. The airline connects nearly 110 cities in China as well as abroad. Besides covering China, the China Eastern Airlines also connects America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia and Korea.