Shenzhen to open more SE Asian flights

Shenzhen’s airport is expected to open four new routes next month that will boost its international passenger throughput to more than 5 million this year. They are to destinations in Southeast Asia: Jeju, in South Korea; Penang, in Malaysia; Phu Quoc island in Vietnam; and Batam island, in Indonesia. 

Although the airport’s international traffic is still much smaller than neighboring Hong Kong’s, it is well known that Shenzhen has ambitions to catch up. International traffic will account for around 10% of its total 50 million throughput this year, but it has been accelerating with the opening of at least 10 new routes over the past three years.

In the first 10 months, the airport’s international passenger total was 4.311 million, up 32% year-on-year. New routes have included flights to Johannesburg, Tel Aviv, Nagoya, Van Don, Rome, and Tehran.

Flights to Jeju will be three times per week; Penang four times per week; Phu Quoc twice per week; and Batam three times per week. In addition, flights to Kathmandu, Nepal and Fukuoka, Japan are also expected to be launched in the near future.

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