Officials at Edinburgh Airport recently announced that Hainan Airlines, a Chinese carrier, would be making seasonal comebacks to the airport. This service will be operated twice every week.
When this twice-weekly service begins on the 26th of June and ends on the 8th of October, it will serve as the only direct connecting flight between Scotland and China.
This new service will be operated by the carriers’ Airbus A330-300 aircraft on this route on every Monday and Friday.
Regarding the return of Hainan Airlines to Edinburgh Airport, Gordon Dewar, the CEO, made the following comments,
“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 travelling between the two countries to study, families reconnecting, or tourists travelling to visit new places.”
From June 26, Hainan Airlines’ flight HU407 will depart from Beijing at 02:40 local time and later will be arriving in Edinburgh at 06:30 local time. The return flight, HU408, will then be departing the next day from Edinburgh at 12:00 local time and then arrive in Beijing at 05:10 local time.
Furthermore, it appears that Dublin is also being considered by Hainan Airlines, which will operate at around the same times as Edinburgh Airport.
Hainan Airlines’ flight HU751 will depart Beijing at 02:50 local time, and arrive in Dublin at 07:00 local time. And on the next day, the return of HU752 will depart Dublin at 12:20 local time and arrive in Beijing at 05:30 local time, around 20 minutes after the Edinburgh flight.
This resumption of Hainan Airlines’ service in Europe signifies the increase in demand that is recently being experienced in China.