Since August 2, travellers from Singapore enjoy direct services to Sanya following Jetstar Asia launching of its newest route. Located at the Southern-most tip of the Hainan province, Sanya is popular for its pristine beaches, golf courses and water activities, including scuba diving, surfing and water sports as well as for its duty-free shopping.
Sanya’s temperate climate makes it popular for travel all-year round, where duty-free shoppers and sun-worshippers from Singapore will be able to take advantage of the new direct service, said Mr Bara Pasupathi, CEO of Jetstar Asia. “Customers flying to Hainan island can now choose to fly direct two services a week to the resort city of Sanya or four weekly services to the provincial capital of Hainan in Haikou.
“Jetstar Asia has been operating direct services to Haikou for more than five years and with the new services to Sanya, Hainan island will be a new favourite for Singaporeans,” said Mr Pasupathi.
Mr Albert See, Managing Director of Air Sino Euro Associates Travel Pte Ltd, one of the largest travel agencies in Singapore who operates group tours from Singapore to Hainan observes that Sanya has also become an up-and-coming meetings and convention option for corporate travellers, in addition to holiday-makers.
“Aside from the beaches, Sanya is also home to international hotels, world-class golf courses, sports and conference centres with activities that are perfect for hosting international events or meetings,” he said.
Jetstar Asia flight from Singapore to Sanya just takes three hours and is operate with an Airbus A320 offering 180 seats. The Singapore-based carrier already operates four flights a week to Haikou, Hainan island’s capital city. It also offers flights to four other destinations in Greater China -Shantou, Guiyang, Wuhan, Hong Kong and Taipei. In 2015, 905,300 Singaporean residents visited China PRC, down by 6.8% over the previous year.