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Jetstar expands to China

AUSTRALIA'S budget carrier Jetstar Airways yesterday launched its first flight to the Chinese mainland linking Haikou, capital of Hainan Province, with Singapore.

All tickets on yesterday's flight were sold out. The airline, a subsidiary of Australia's Qantas Airways, will operate four flights weekly from Haikou to Singapore.

It will also launch three weekly flights from Singapore to Shantou in Guangdong Province, its second mainland route, in February next year,

"China is considered a major focus of Jetstar's growth over the short to medium term, from Singapore in particular," said Chong Phit Lian, chief executive officer of Jetstar Asia. "We recently announced plans to increase our fleet from Singapore by 46 percent over the next 12 months."

More than 40 million Chinese traveled overseas last year, rising 14 percent from a year earlier. Ivy Alliance Tourism Consulting Co Ltd said the number will rise 6 percent this year and more than 10 percent next year.


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