HAIKOU /China/, May 28. /TASS/. South China's Hainan province has launched regular flights to Samoa, an island nation in the southwest Pacific, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.
According to the news agency, flights from Haikou city (administrative center of Hainan) to Apia (capital city of Samoa) will be operated by Hainan Airlines. The new air route will depart from the province in the south of China every Saturday, and the next day the planes will fly from Samoa back to Hainan.
The launch of flights to Samoa is expected to strengthen the cultural and economic contacts of this country with China. It will also help stimulate the development of international tourism and accelerate the formation of the Hainan Free Trade Port.