FIRST EVER UK CHARTER FLIGHTS FROM CHINA TO THE UK ANNOUNCED

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore March 13, 2014 15:28

FIRST EVER UK CHARTER FLIGHTS FROM CHINA TO THE UK ANNOUNCED

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller, today endorsed news that Birmingham Airport will become the country’s first gateway to offer UK charter package tours from China and the first UK airport outside of London to launch direct charter flights to China.

The joint initiative between Birmingham Airport, China Southern Airlines, Caissa Travel Management Co Ltd and Birmingham China specialist agency, United Travel, demonstrates the enormous demand for more flights between the two countries.

The Secretary of State said: “This is great news for Birmingham and Britain. China is a vital trade and tourism partner for us and opening up this new route will encourage even more Chinese visitors to fly to our country and experience more of what our GREAT nation has to offer outside of the capital – from tourist attractions to shopping, culture to heritage. The new route will provide great investment and job opportunities for businesses in Birmingham and the Midlands.”

It is now possible to fly direct between Birmingham and Beijing thanks to a £40 million investment by Birmingham Airport to extend the runway, which will open next month. The runway extension will provide airlines with unlimited take off range, allowing jets to fly direct to China, and puts Birmingham in an ideal place to become an alternative gateway to the UK for flights from China and beyond.

The summer programme will involve direct flights operated by China Southern Airlines arriving from Beijing into Birmingham between July 22nd and August 6th. Caissa, one of China’s leading travel specialists, will sell a range of organised package tours to Chinese visitors seeking to explore the world class tourism attractions in the Midlands, the North of England and London. China Southern Airlines will operate a 248 seat A330-200 aircraft on the route.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore March 13, 2014 15:28
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