Hainan Airlines has begun direct air service from Beijing Capital International Airport to Manchester Airport with a 10-hour flight launched with an Airbus A330, the company said.
China-based Hainan Airlines new direct air route creates a new Silk Road, improving the airline´s intercontinental route network in Europe, offering more choices to international travelers and opening a new chapter in Sino-UK cooperation.
A factor heightening the importance of the newly-launched air route is the extension of the visa term for Chinese nationals visiting the UK from six months to two years, a relaxation in visa regulations that was announced earlier this year. The UK government is also planning to launch a 10-year multiple entry visa program, providing more accessibility to the country for Chinese visitors. The opening of the air route between Beijing and Manchester is expected to entice more investors from China to invest in northern England and make it more convenient for business executives and travelers travelling between China and Britain as well as between China and Europe.
Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd., founded in January 1993, is committed to providing passengers with air travel services as one of the world´s SKYTRAX five-star airlines and the only SKYTRAX member from mainland China. The airline has, to date, launched over 700 inbound and outbound routes connecting passengers to more than 100 cities around the world, with coverage across China and extending into Asia, Europe and North America.