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Foreign airlines optimistic about Chinese market

By Zhao Shan and Li Yining (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

08:14, May 03, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

A number of foreign airlines including South African Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines have recently focused on the Chinese market and opened up many direct flights and charter lines to facilitate Chinese tourists。

It is expected that over one-fourth of passengers around the world will come from China.

The foreign airlines paid more and more attention to their development in China, which is inseparable from China's huge marketplace. Some foreign airlines predicted that the number of passengers of global aviation industry will reach about 800 million in the next three years, with 214 million coming from China. China will make the greatest contribution to the global air transportation.

They began turning to the second-tier cities

In addition to the first-tier cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, foreign airlines began turning to the second-tier cities. At present, such second-tier cities as Wuhan, Xi'an, Shenyang, Xiamen and Qingdao have had a huge aviation passenger flow and more international routes are needed to meet the increased passengers.

Lufthansa officially opened the Shenyang-to-Frankfurt route in the Taoxian Airport in March, which is the first non-stop flight to the Europe. The airline is the first true non-stop flight to the Europe in Shenyang and it means that passengers in Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning provinces can directly fly to the Europe and the travel time will be reduced significantly.

SilkAir, Singapore's regional subsidiary, have opened stations in Chengdu, Chongqing, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Kunming and Changsha. SilkAir has just opened Singapore-Wuhan direct flight on April 24, with three flights every week. It will provide convenient travel services for passengers from central and southern China.

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