The first ever direct flight between Scotland
and China landed at Edinburgh Airport earlier this month.
The four-weekly, year-round service with Hainan
Airlines to Beijing Capital International Airport is Scotland’s
first connection to the Far East.
The route will be serviced by an Airbus A330-300
and includes a stopover in Dublin.
On Tuesdays and Saturdays the flight arrives
into Edinburgh from Beijing at 0600 and departs for Dublin at 0800
and then on to Beijing.
On Thursdays and Sundays the flight
arrives into Edinburgh from Dublin at 0910 before departing for
Beijing at 1110.
Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said, “This first direct service from China to
Edinburgh represents a gear change for Scottish tourism and
further cements Scotland’s reputation as a world-class
destination. As the Chinese market has grown over the years so
too has the Scottish capital’s popularity with Chinese visitors
and it continues to be the top destination outside of London. Through our ongoing work with key Chinese tour operators we have
seen visitor itineraries extending over the years. Bringing
visitors from China directly into the heart of Scotland will
create greater opportunities for tourism businesses right across
the country, as visitors stay longer and explore further.”
Lewis, managing director of Scottish Development International,
said, “We’re working hard to ensure that more Scottish
companies can take advantage of trade and investment opportunities
in China, while at the same time trying to attract more Chinese
companies to base their European operations here. A direct air
route is a significant enabler of both these goals and we welcome
Hainan Airlines’ first ever route between Edinburgh Airport and
Beijing Capital International Airport.”