Hainan Airlines on 1 December introduced daily flights on the domestic route between Harbin (HRB) in China’s north-east and Sanya (SYX), located on Hainan Island. At 3,476 kilometres it sets a new record for the longest domestic airport pair served in China, beating the 3,375-kilometre route from Shenzhen to Urumqi, also operated by Hainan Airlines. A330-300s will serve the route. This becomes the airline’s 15th route from Harbin and 18th route from Sanya. Harbin Taiping International Airport handled 10.26 million passengers (+12.2%) in 2013 making it China’s 23rd busiest airport, while Sanya Phoenix International Airport handled 12.87 million passengers (+13.4%) in 2013 ranking it 19th in China.
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