An exciting new service is to take off from Birmingham Airport to Shanghai’s Hangzhou Airport later this summer by Beijing Capital Airlines.
From 19th July, the service will operate once a week, complimenting the existing service between Birmingham and Beijing, offering a choice of both economy and business class seating.
The new service is expected to be as successful as the Beijing service, which in 2014/15 carried 7,000 passengers.
Speaking about the new service, the airport’s Chief Executive, Paul Kehoe, said, “Today we have reached one of our goals – to offer direct scheduled services to China. We have made the investment, developed the market and today is testament that our region has enormous demand for direct flights to China.
The new service is hoped to keep passengers travelling from their local airport, instead of travelling to neighboring airports – like Manchester for example, who on the same day of the Birmingham – Shanghai service announment, held an event in Birmingham promoting its Chinese routes in a bid to coax local Birmingham travellers.
To this news, Mr Kehoe responded, saying, “China is an enormous growth market for the UK with many regions increasing trade with Chinese companies. It is surprising therefore, that another region should need to come to our city to promote its services.”
Adding, “Last year around 150,000 people flew between our region and China, with passengers preferring to travel from their local airport. Beijing Capital Airlines and Caissa have recognised this demand, paving the way for a scheduled service to both Beijing and Shanghai. These flights will give our region direct access to China and will also offer Chinese tourists an alternative gateway to the UK, which has previously proved so popular.”