Published on : Saturday, April 1, 2017
The Allegheny County delegation has already become productive. The team flew to China on Wednesday. Nonstop charter flights from China to Pittsburgh International Airport will begin this year as an initiation of Caissa Touristic, a Chinese tourism company. It would fall under a three-year partnership agreement as announced this Friday. The start date for the flights and the frequency rate of the service are yet to be finalized as said by Bob Kerlik, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Airport Authority. Mr. Kerlik said that he is not aware of whether Caissa will fly into Pittsburgh on a seasonal or year-round basis. He can only confirm that Pittsburgh will be the first North American market to be served through Caissa whatsoever.
Flight operations are a kind of product of an agreement with airport authority. Also, VisitPittsburgh tourism group along with Idea Foundry, a Pittsburgh-based NGO that works with Chinese families and students will work in collaboration to encourage educational ties and investments.
To quote Christina Cassotis, airport authority CEO, ‘This is huge step forward for the future, particularly for nonstop air service to China. The charter-to-scheduled service model has been successfully adopted in other parts of the world. We are the first U.S. market to tap into China’s fast-growing tourism market with this type of business model, and it shows Pittsburgh to be an industry leader.”
Tags: chinese Tourism