Hainan Airlines expanding China flights at Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport is set to witness a substantial increase in flights to China in 2024, as Hainan Airlines bolsters its operations in the Scottish capital.

This development underscores Edinburgh’s enduring appeal to international travellers and signals substantial growth for Hainan Airlines at Edinburgh Airport. Notably, Edinburgh Airport stands as the sole airport in Scotland offering direct flights to China, highlighting the city’s strategic importance in fostering global connectivity.

Hainan’s extended schedule will include flights between Edinburgh and Beijing from May 17 to October 26, 2024, marking an expansion of nine weeks compared to the previous year. During the peak summer months, from June 1 to September 30, there will be four flights per week, with an additional two flights per week during other times. Hainan Airlines will deploy the Airbus A330-300 for these operations.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: ‘It’s great to see our partners at Hainan Airlines grow their presence at Edinburgh Airport and maintain that crucial direct connectivity between Scotland and China.

‘We know there is a continued attractiveness and allure of Scotland as an international destination, and that is acutely felt in China where our stunning scenery, our world-renowned food and drink, and our well sought after educational institutions are all highly regarded. These additional flights will also offer people in Scotland more opportunities to experience China and increase the potential for closer working and investment prospects for businesses both at home and abroad.’

Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland Chief Executive, said: ‘The return and increased capacity of this direct route connecting Beijing to Edinburgh is further evidence of the undeniable demand for our world famous offering. Scotland is perfectly placed to benefit from increased interest from Chinese visitors who are often looking for unique and exciting experiences the whole family can enjoy.

‘We know that making it as easy as possible for people to come here makes Scotland a more enticing destination. Overseas holidaymakers tend to stay longer and spend more. They are an increasingly important part of the visitor economy, helping to attract investment, create jobs and sustain communities.’

The extended flight schedule is slated to operate from May 17 to October 26, 2024, with services on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays during peak summer. Additionally, flights will run on Mondays and Fridays during other periods, providing a consistent and accessible link between Edinburgh and Beijing throughout the specified timeframe.