This week saw Edinburgh Airport announce that Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines would be returning to the airport on a seasonal basis.
Services will begin on a twice-weekly basis from June 26 and will operate until October 8.
This will be the only direct connecting flight between Scotland and China when it begins operating.
Commenting on the return to Edinburgh from Hainan Airlines, the CEO, Gordon Dewar, said the following on this:
“The return of direct flights to Beijing is fantastic news as we gear up for a hugely exciting summer and is further evidence of the strong recovery we’re seeing here at Edinburgh.
“This service will be the only one operating between Scotland and China when it is introduced and is a real show of faith in the market by Hainan Airlines.”
“This important connectivity will provide a boost to Scotland’s universities and tourism industry, open up a wealth of new business opportunities, and enable better access to other parts of the world.
“We’re sure it will be highly valued whether it be by students traveling between the two countries to study, families reconnecting, or tourists traveling to visit new places.”
Scheduling for Hainan Airlines’ Beijing-Edinburgh Service…
This route will be operated by the carrier’s Airbus A330-300 aircraft on a twice-weekly basis.
Hainan Airlines flight HU407 will depart Beijing at 0240 local time, and arrive in Edinburgh at 0630 local time.
The return, HU408, will then depart Edinburgh at 1200 local time and arrive in Beijing at 0510 local time the next day.
Services will operate on Mondays and Fridays.
Dublin is Also In The Mix…
It also appears that Dublin is also in the mix for Hainan Airlines, which will operate at around the same times as Edinburgh Airport.
HU751 will depart Beijing at 0250 local time, and arrive in Dublin at 0700 local time.
From there, the return of HU752 will depart Dublin at 1220 local time and arrive in Beijing at 0530 local time the next day, around 20 minutes after the Edinburgh flight.
What remains clear is that Hainan Airlines’ resumption of service in Europe highlights the level of demand that is being experienced in China on a post-pandemic basis.