Different airline companies are locating on different terminals in Shenzhen airport, allowing visitors to have an easy time to locate the airlines that they booked. Image: wordpress
Shenzhen is expected to enact a 144-hour visa-free transit policy this year, allowing international travelers to visit the city without a visa. Meanwhile Hainan Airlines will open flights between Shenzhen and Auckland, New Zealand this November according to a public notice by the Civil Aviation Administration.
The competition for international air routes in the PRD is certain to accelerate. Guangzhou currently dominates international routes from Guangdong and plans to increase up to five runways from the current three. However intensified route expansion from Shenzhen International is likely to primarily impact travelers using Hong Kong, which is currently in preparation to expand capacity through a 3rd runway system.
The Auckland route will be additional to five new intercontinental air routes to Europe, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand during the summer-autumn schedule this year:-
Hainan airlines (HU) flied an Airbus between Shenzhen and Hangzhou and Sydney on January 19, 2011, marking the start of another Chinese carrier serving Australia. Image: freakyflier.com
Air China will launch flights to Frankfurt, Germany this May and to Melbourne, Australia in October;
Xiamen Airlines has applied to begin flights between Xiamen and Seattle, USA with a stopover in Shenzhen this September;
Earlier this January, China Southern Airlines opened direct flights from Shenzhen to Sydney, Australia; and
Air China is opening flights to Los Angeles, initially via Beijing and directly as of October.