Dublin Airport has said that Hainan Airlines will launch a new year-round direct service from Dublin to Shenzhen later this month.
Shenzhen will be Dublin Airport’s second destination in mainland China, as Hainan already operates a Dublin-Beijing service. Hainan will operate two flights per week between Dublin and Shenzhen in south-eastern China.
Shenzhen is a 30-40-minute bullet train ride away from both Hong Kong and Guangzhou and was ranked second in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities to visit in 2019. Lonely Planet described Shenzhen as ‘China’s most innovative city’ with ‘a strumming indie-music scene, cool cafes, a small contingent of craft brewers and a whole new arts district risen from the remains of former warehouses’.
Hainan will operate its new Shenzhen route using a Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner with 289 seats. The route will operate on Mondays and Fridays, beginning February 25.
‘We are delighted that Hainan has decided to expand its Irish operation and launch this new service to Shenzhen,’ said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison. ‘Shenzhen is China’s answer to Silicon Valley in the United States and this new route will further increase trade, tourism and investment between Ireland and China.’
Hainan’s existing Dublin-Beijing service, which currently operates twice a week, will return to four times weekly for the summer season.
‘We have worked closely with Hainan to establish this new route to Shenzhen, and over the coming weeks and months we and other stakeholders will be continuing to help them to promote this new service,’ Mr Harrison said. ‘Shenzhen is a really exciting destination for both business and leisure travel, and the addition of this new service will expand the growing number of Chinese visitors to Ireland,’ he added.
Hainan has a strong domestic network at Shenzhen and also operates flights from the city to international destinations such as Brisbane, Brussels, Madrid, Oakland, Osaka, Tel Aviv, Vancouver and Zurich.
Hainan’s Shenzhen service is one of 20 new routes at Dublin Airport for this year. Dublin Airport has flights to almost 200 destinations in 43 countries, operated by 56 airlines and is the 11th busiest airport in the European Union.