The Russian southern city of Sochi has opened up a direct flight route between itself and the Chinese city of Shenzhen.
According to Russian media, the launch of the new route was initiated by the Sochi gambling zone Krasnaya Polyana, but it understood that the costs for operating the flights will be covered by travel company Bcts Travel Service Shenzhen co.
For the first trial month, there will be just one flight per week, but from March, if the destination proves popular with Chinese tourists, the number of weekly flights may be extended to four.
Previously, visitors from China had to fly there via Moscow or other cities.
“Chinese tourists are primarily interested in entertainment and that is why the gambling zone becomes a natural magnet for them,” Krasnaya Polyana development director Dmitry Afinogenov said.
Sochi has two casinos, including the Sochi Casino and Resort, operated by LLC Domain, and the Boomerang Casino which opened in January 2019.