Hainan Airlines to offer more flights in the UK and Ireland

Colletts Travel is excited to announce that Hainan Airlines is due to start direct Edinburgh and Dublin flights from June 12.

Flights between Dublin and Beijing will use the Airbus A330s and operate four times a week, two of which will be direct flights on Thursdays and Sundays, and a further two with a brief stop in Edinburgh on Tuesdays and Saturdays for additional passengers.

Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, announced the new route whilst visiting Beijing on St Patrick’s Day, in a move to boost trade links with China.

The airline had also recently announced that they would be operating flights between Changsha and London Heathrow, which are set to begin on March 23.

The growth is certain to boost ties between China, Ireland and the UK, with more than 120,000 visitors having travelled between China and Ireland in 2017, that number is only set to increase.

The move is not immune from competition however, in August last year Cathay Pacific announced flights from Dublin to Hong Kong.

With Brexit on the horizon, Ireland is seemingly the next best hub for business travel in the Europe, with close links to the UK. Dublin Airport is also set to see a huge boost in the coming months, as Ryanair recently announced flights to Turkey and Bratislava from June.