China's Caissa Touristic To Launch Nonstop Charter Flights to Pittsburgh International Airport

09:17 03/31/2017

One of China's largest tourism companies has signed a historic agreement with Pittsburgh International Airport

The airport will be one of the very first airports and first market in North America that will have nonstop charter service to China, opening up access to China's huge tourism market.

China's Caissa Touristic announced this week that it intends to conduct nonstop charter service from China to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania beginning this year.

As part of a partnership agreement with the airport, VisitPITTSBURGH, and Idea Foundry, the flights will be between China and Pittsburgh this year. The city will be both the arriving and departing gateway for many Chinese travelers who want to visit the East Coast in the U.S.

This is a multi-year partnership with Caissa and there may even be flights next summer.

Caissa Touristic President Chen Xiaobing commented, "Pittsburgh will be a great connection to Chinese markets."

"We are excited to enter into this historic partnership with Pittsburgh International Airport and the Pittsburgh region to offer an additional travel option to the United States," Xiaobing said.

Pittsburgh International Airport CEO Christina Cassotis commented, "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."

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald remarked, "This is a fantastic opportunity for our region to become, really, the first medium-size city in the country as a destination for Chinese tourists. Our region's businesses, the airport, and our tourism industry will be the primary beneficiary of this agreement."

By working with VisitPITTSBURGH, Caissa will be booking hundreds of Chinese tourists at the city's hotels and restaurants and outdoor tours.

"Our region's tourism-related businesses are truly excited to have this opportunity to market Pittsburgh to China -- a market that is exponentially increasing and looking to travel," said VisitPITTSBURGH CEO Craig Davis said. "These flights mean Pittsburgh will be a focus of their American experience."

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