Hainan Air­lines adds Al­berta-Bei­jing flight

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By NA LI in Toronto re­nali@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

The first di­rect air con­nec­tion from Al­berta prov­ince to China was cel­e­brated by the Cal­gary Air­port Au­thor­ity and Hainan Air­lines. The non-stop route con­nected Cal­gary In­ter­na­tional Air­port (YYC) with Bei­jing on June 30 in Cal­gary.

“This new ser­vice – the re­sult of close col­lab­o­ra­tion in­volv­ing a ded­i­cated team of air­port, tourism and gov­ern­ment part­ners over many years – opens our re­gion up to a huge global mar­ket,” said Stephan Poirier, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent and chief com­mer­cial of­fi­cer for the Cal­gary Air­port Au­thor­ity. “This new non-stop ser­vice not only pro­vides trav­ellers here with di­rect ser­vice from Cal­gary to China, but rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant amount of tourism rev­enue and other eco­nomic ben­e­fits to the prov­ince of Al­berta.”

The new route so­lid­i­fies YYC’s po­si­tion as a ma­jor trans­porta­tion hub, and high­lights the role that Cal­gary In­ter­na­tional Air­port plays in di­ver­si­fy­ing Al­berta’s econ­omy. When fully im­ple­mented, the new ser­vice con­nect­ing Cal­gary and Bei­jing is ex­pected to cre­ate the equiv­a­lent of more than 625 full­time jobs, $31 mil­lion in wages, and gen­er­ate $76.24 mil­lion in gross do­mes­tic prod­uct each year.

“We know the first im­pres­sion of Cal­gary for ar­riv­ing trav­ellers comes from right here at the air­port,” added Stephan Poirier. “The en­tire air­port com­mu­nity has been work­ing to­gether to en­sure our vis­i­tors from China have a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Air­port and tourism part­ners also joined the celebration, en­sur­ing in­bound pas­sen­gers from China re­ceive the warm welcome that trav­ellers to Cal­gary are so fa­mil­iar with.

“We are de­lighted to an­nounce our lat­est non-stop flight from Cal­gary to Bei­jing,” said Hou Wei, vice--pres­i­dent of Hainan Air­lines, “Cal­gary is the sec­ond city in Canada that Hainan Air­lines will serve, hav­ing launched Toronto to Bei­jing in 2010. This route will fur­ther en­hance cross cul­tural and eco­nomic ex­changes be­tween China and Canada, and will pro­vide ex­cel­lent ser­vice for our val­ued pas­sen­gers.”

Hainan Air­lines re­cently made a do­na­tion of $37,500 to the Fort McMur­ray Cana­dian Red Cross Re­lief Fund.

“When we en­ter new mar­kets, we be­lieve it is im­por­tant to con­nect with the com­mu­nity we are serv­ing, and in light of the re­cent tragedy that took place in Fort McMur­ray (wild­fire), we thought this would be the most im­por­tant place to give back to Al­ber­tans,” Hou added.

This route will fur­ther en­hance cross cul­tural and eco­nomic ex­changes be­tween China and Canada.”

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