Written on 9th March 2016

Manchester – Beijing direct route promises economic benefits

Further to the announcement in October 2015 that Hainan Airlines will launch a direct flight from Manchester to Beijing, the Chinese carrier has more good news to bring to the North West.

The route is due to commence service this June with 4 departures per week. The previous announcement stated that Hainan Airlines would service the route with an Airbus A330-200, capable of carrying 250 passengers. However, news emerged last week that despite there being four months until the launch, the airline will now operate an Airbus A330-300 increasing the capacity per flight to 292 passengers.

From
To
Flight No.
Dept. Time
Arr. Time
Frequency

Manchester
Beijing
HU7904
12:00
05:25+1
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat

Beijing
Manchester
HU7903
01:45
06:05
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat

 

The Manchester to Beijing route will be the first direct flight to Mainland China meaning passengers will no longer have to transit. It is estimated that the new route will bring £250 million in economic benefits to the United Kingdom over the next 10 years, two thirds of which will be directed straight in to the Northern economy.  This boost will be generated through jobs, tourism and economic activity according to Manchester Airport Group.

The non-stop route will take around 10 hours and will generate journey time-savings worth approximately £5 million for business passengers, whilst eliminating the inconvenience of having to change aircraft.

 

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