China’s LCC Spring Airlines to launch flights between Shanghai and Naha in August

June 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

China’s LCC Spring Airlines will launch flights between Shanghai and Naha in August. It plans to run four round trips per week using Airbus A320 aircraft. The company has applied to China Civil Aviation Administration for approval to operate the service. This is the first low-cost carrier between mainland China and Naha. Currently, between Shanghai and Naha, China Eastern Airlines operates 11 round trips per week, Juneyao Airlines flies four round-trips per week. Spring Airlines will be the third company to provide flight service between Shanghai and Naha.

Shanghai-based Spring Airlines operates flights to about 50 domestic destinations. These include Osaka and Ibaraki in Japan.

Tatsuo Kinjo, the director of the Shanghai office of the Okinawa Prefectural Government, commented, “The number of Chinese tourists visiting the resorts in the Philippines and Vietnam has decreased recently. Conversely, Japan and Korea have attracted Chinese tourists. We welcome Spring Airlines’ commencement of services to Naha. More Chinese tourists will be able to visit Okinawa from Shanghai easily.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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