Hua Jianhui, vice governor of Anhui province, attended the new route opening ceremony.
The first direct flight from Hefei, capital city of Anhui province, to Macao was opened on December 18, 2010. So far, the province's flights have covered Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
Using an Airbus 319, the flight flies three times a week every Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
"The launch is a huge step forward for Anhui province's tourism development, and will further boost the ties between the province and the outside world," said Hu Xuefan, director of the province's Tourism Administration.
At a tourism promotion conference on December 28, 2010, high-ranking officials from both Anhui province and Macao gave presentations and welcomed the new route.
Both sides exchanged views on issues including the economy, finance and tourism development.
The flight hopes to boost communications between Anhui and Macao and enhance bilateral cooperation, according to the officials.
Anhui has a long history of cooperation with Macao. From January to November 2010, the province has received 65,000 tourists from Macau, up 33.1 percent over the last year. The number of tourists amounted to 10 percent of the total population of Macao.
In 2010, aided by several stimulus plans, Hefei Airport has opened 51 flight routes, covering 43 cities. Huangshan Airport now has seven flight routes to nine cities. Fuyang Airport has resumed its flights to Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai, and is planning to launch a flight to Xiamen. Currently it has three flight routes connecting it with three cities.
Hefei Airport can currently cater 3.8 million passengers, up 18.8 percent from the previous year. Anqing Airport receives 78,000 passengers, rising a remarkable 153.1 percent over the last year. And Fuyang Airport receives 112,000 passengers, up 540.9 percent year on year.
The province now has 32 chartered flights, up 113.3 percent over the last year. In addition, six routes connecting the province to countries and regions beyond the Chinese mainland.