Edinburgh Airport has announced that Hainan Airlines is resuming its direct air service between the capital cities of Scotland and China, reestablishing what it describes as the ‘Great Hall to the Great Wall’ link.
This service marks Scotland’s sole direct connection to China and will operate twice a week, with departures from Edinburgh on Mondays and Fridays, starting from June 26 until October 6. The flights will be operated on an Airbus A330.
The air service between Beijing and Scotland stands as a vital bridge, linking two diverse and captivating destinations. Besides the business possibilities, this connection opens up a world of opportunities for travellers seeking to explore the rich cultural tapestry of Beijing, visit ancient wonders, explore a fascinating culture, or take in breathtaking landscapes.
Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘We’re excited to be reconnecting Scotland and China and deliver yet more destination and experience choices for our passengers.
‘Our countries are both steeped in history and heritage, and this Hainan Airlines service will make it easier for people in Scotland and China to experience the very best of our countries. It’s also another signal of strength in Edinburgh as a destination for people across the world.
‘We know that there is a deep connection between our countries and this route will help to reconnect friends, families and businesses, as well as allow us to forge new economic relationships to the benefit of Scotland on a national and local level.’
Minister for Transport Fiona Hyslop said: ‘I warmly welcome the start of Hainan’s direct service between Edinburgh Airport and Beijing. This direct connectivity is great news for people and businesses in both Scotland and China, building strong links for business and exports, as well as making it easier for visitors and students to come and experience Scotland.
‘Our aspiration is for Scotland to be as well connected globally as peer nations and regions and this service is an important boost to our international connectivity, demonstrating growing confidence in the Scottish aviation market.
‘I wish Edinburgh Airport and Hainan every success with this service.’