A new airline is to offer flights to Sydney from China in 2011.

A new airline is to offer flights to Sydney from China in 2011.Hainan Airlines will begin three flights a week between Sydney, Shenzhen and Hangzhou on January 19th as the Australian city remains a popular destination for travellers.

“The growth in the Chinese market over the last five years has been very strong and is of increasing importance to Sydney’s tourism industry,” explained Russell Balding, chief executive officer of Sydney Airport.

He added that the number of travellers from China to Sydney has risen from 2004 levels of 185,000 to 285,000 in 2009.

So far in 2010, there has been a 32 per growth in passenger numbers of flights between Australia and China compared to last year.

Hainan Airlines began operations in May 1993 and uses a fleet consisting of Boeing 737,767 and Airbus A330 and 340s. It now offers around 500 domestic and international flights and serves more than 90 cities.

Written by Alex Cochrane.

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