Beijing Capital Airlines to run charter flights between Hangzhou and Naha in October

September 25, 2014 Wu Li Jun of Ryukyu Shimpo

From October 29, Beijing Capital Airlines will start chartering two round-trip flights per week between Hangzhou and Naha. The new service will operate on Tuesday and Saturday using Airbus 320 aircraft, which has about 160 seats. The company plans to carry out regular service between the two cities by as early as 2015 if all goes smoothly.

Currently, there are three flight routes between Okinawa and the cities in mainland China, including two regular routes between Naha and Shanghai and Naha and Beijing, and one-charter route between Naha and Tianjin.

According to Tatsuo Kinjo, the director of Shanghai Office of the Okinawa Prefectural Industrial Promotion Corporation, Okinawa has received offers from Xiamen and Fuzhou in Fujian to start charter flights to Naha.

He said, “Many people will visit Okinawa from the provincial cities in China. The number of Chinese tourists to Okinawa is expected to increase in the future.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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