First flight from Hangzhou, China arrives in Naha; 151 passengers are welcomed with souvenirs

First flight from Hangzhou, China arrives in Naha; 151 passengers are welcomed with souvenirs

Passengers coming from Hangzhou, China arrive in Okinawa and receive commemorative souvenirs at Naha Airport in the afternoon of July 21.


July 21, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On July 21, China Eastern Airlines commenced a regular twice-a-week flight service connecting Hangzhou, China with Naha Airport. Shortly after 1:00pm, 151 passengers arrived on the first flight from Hangzhou to the international terminal of Naha Airport. At the terminal, members of the Okinawa Tourism Convention Bureau carried banners welcoming the passengers and passed out commemorative souvenirs.

Passenger Lu Chin, who was visiting Okinawa for the first time with her daughter, said; “I want to go to Cape Manzamo and the Churaumi Aquarium. I’m so glad that a flight service has started from Hangzhou, because now I can come to Okinawa frequently.”

Hangzhou flights will travel to and from Naha every Tuesday and Friday. The flights will use Airbus A320 planes, which have a capacity of 155 passengers. This is the second launch this year of a new regular flight service connecting Okinawa to mainland China, following the commencement of flights between Naha and Fuzhou on July 1 of this year.

(Translation by T&CT and Sandi Aritza)

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