Beijing, China, 15 Dec – China is set to open 20 new destinations in 2007 to air traffic from Macau, including Lassa, the capital of Tibet, as part of an agreement between the Chinese authorities and the Macau administration, officials said.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC), the sector regulator, 57 cities on the Chinese mainland will be open to air traffic from Macau, which are all the Chinese cities that are capable of receiving civil flights.
The opening up of the new airports is part of an agreement “to develop the air transport market” between the Special Administrative Region (SAR) of Macau and the Chinese mainland, according to the CAAC.
The package of 20 new destinations includes cities in the North of China such as Tayuan, the capital of Shanxi province, Hailaer, in the Autonomous Region of Inner Mongolia, cities in the center of the country such as, Luoyang, in Henan province and Yichang, in Hubei province as well as others in the eastern province of Shandong (Yantai and Weihai), in the western provinces (Kashei, in Xinjiang and Lanzhou in Gansu) and Xishuangbanna, in Yunan, a south-eastern province of China.
The CAAC also said that from Summer 2007, the number of flights between Beijing and Macau would increase to 14 per week, double the current number.
At the end of August, Hainan Airlines, the fourth-largest Chinese airline, announced the opening of a new direct daily flight between Beijing and Macau, a service, a service thus far only provided by Air Macau. (macauhub)