The new route, which launched this week, is the first direct flight to mainland China in the UK outside of London. The route will operate four times weekly and is expected to open a ‘wealth’ of business opportunities. The direct flight will take ten-and-a-half hours.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: "The new route between Manchester and Beijing is a testament to the strength of the Northern Powerhouse, opening up the North of England to investment while benefitting the many thousands of people who currently travel between the cities each year.
"Not only will this add an estimated quarter of a billion pounds to the local economy over the next decade, it will open new opportunities for businesses in both countries, boost tourism between China and the UK and will encourage students in both countries to experience studying in a new and different culture."
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