Hainan Airlines announce direct flights from China to Scotland and Ireland

New routes on Airbus 330-300 will be first ever non-stop flights between the countries.

Image credit: iStock
Image credit: iStock

Hainan Airlines has announced it will be running direct flights between Beijing and two new destinations – Edinburgh and Dublin, starting in June.

The new routes are the first time Ireland and Scotland have been directly connected to China and are an exciting prospect for business travellers. 

The flights from both Edinburgh and Dublin will run twice a week. An Airbus A330-300 will fly from Beijing to Dublin, onto Edinburgh and back to Beijing and then the same in reverse.

"This is a fantastic day for Edinburgh Airport and for Scotland as we connect Scotland and China for the first time," said Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport. "We are two countries steeped in history and rich in culture, offering new destinations for people from both countries to visit and explore.

"Edinburgh is second only to London as the most popular UK destination for Chinese tourists, and we have worked incredibly hard with partners across the city and country to get to this point."

Offical travel times haven't been released yet but a direct flight from Dublin to Beijing could be around 11 hours. 

 

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