Jetstar became the first international airline to touch down at Haikou Meilan International Airport’s new terminal this week.
A flight from Singapore arrived in the capital of Hainan province on Wednesday, marking a landmark in the airport’s expansion. Jetstar Asia has flown to Haikou since 2009, and in May 2012 it extended the service to Perth, via Singapore. The airline’s CEO, Bara Pasupathi said the route had seen strong growth since its launch.
“Since 2009 we have seen double digit increases year-on-year of passengers from Hainan to Singapore and beyond. Last year alone, we saw a 37% increase in the number of Hainan passengers travelling with us,” Pasupathi said.
“As we enter into our fifth year of flying from Haikou, we anticipate that we will carry more than 200,000 passengers to and from Haikou before the end of the year,” he added.
Jetstar currently operates four weekly flights from Haikou to Singapore with connections through to Perth.