Over the past two years, the carrier has opened six intercontinental routes: Xiamen-Amsterdam, Fuzhou-Sydney, Xiamen-Sydney, Xiamen-Melbourne, Xiamen-Vancouver and Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle. The airline plans to launch service from Xiamen to Los Angeles in June and more intercontinental routes to Toronto, Paris and London in the future.
More carriers are interested in opening intercontinental direct services from Chinese secondary cities, such as Xiamen, Fuzhou, Xi’an and Hangzhou as outbound travel increases and local governments subsidize the routes.
Xiamen has maintained a consecutive profit record for 30 years. In 2016, its operating revenue increased 6.8% to CNY20.8 billion ($3 billion) year-over-year and operating profit grew 23.2% to CNY2.23 billion.
The airline carried 23.7 million passengers last year, up 4.2% from 22.8 million in 2015 as market demand—especially on international routes—experienced rapid growth.
(Katie Cantle - ATWOnline News)