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Direct flights to China nearly all full

by TPN/Lusa, in Business · 01-03-2018 13:23:00 · 0 Comments

The direct flights between China and Portugal had an occupancy rate of over 80 percent in the first six months since they began, Chinese operator, Capital Airlines, said on Wednesday.

Direct flights to China nearly all full

In all, the first direct air connection between the two countries has carried about 40,000 passengers since it began on 26 July 2017, the company said.
The route, which the company flies three times a week, goes from the city of Hangzhou, on China’s east coast, to Lisbon, with a call at Beijing.
Last year, the number of Chinese who visited Portugal increased 40 percent to just over a quarter of a million, the Portuguese authorities said, attributing the jump to the direct air link.
Portugal received around 200,000 Chinese tourists in 2016, and Portugal’s ambassador to China, Jorge Torres-Pereira, said that the country could aim to reach 1 million Chinese tourists a year.
Capital Airlines is one of the subsidiaries of the Chinese HNA Group, which is also a shareholder in TAP Air Portugal through the Atlantic Gateway consortium and the Brazilian airline Azul.

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