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New flights seek to tap demand

AIR France-KLM will launch direct flights between Amsterdam and Hangzhou on May 8 to tap the booming travel demand in the Chinese market, where the carrier's passenger traffic has soared by double digits since September.

"Our Shanghai route may face some competition from the new service but in the long run both markets will grow with the development of the Yangtze River Delta and we have good hopes the demand will keep pace with our growing capacity," said Remco Althuis, regional manager of Shanghai and central China of Air France-KLM, in an interview with Shanghai Daily yesterday.

He said the airline is confident of growth in the Hangzhou market and the new route will boost its coverage of the delta.

With the new destination, the carrier will operate 36 weekly flights to China and the first to offer a direct service between Hangzhou and Europe.

The airline will use Boeing 777-200ER, which can seat 318 passengers, on the thrice-weekly service.

Althuis said he was confident about an inbound robust demand, especially during the Shanghai World Expo from May to October.

The new route will increase Air France-KLM's direct flights to five destinations on the Chinese mainland and more than 25 cities overseas in a code-share agreement with China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Sichuan Airlines.


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