British Airways has signed a codeshare agreement
with China Southern Airlines.
The deal enables travellers to book seats
on China Southern Airlines flights to four destinations in China –
Shenyang, Harbin, Changchun and Dalian.
As part of the agreement, China Southern
Airlines customers will be able to book seats on British Airways
flights to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle and Belfast,
connecting on to these destinations through London Heathrow.
Alex Cruz, chief executive of British Airways,
said that the codeshare agreement "will help to
drive tourism and economic and cultural exchange between the UK
and China, by facilitating reciprocal leisure and business travel. Now we need the British government to take
urgent action on its visa policy by making it easier for Chinese
businesses and tourists to come to the UK. China is the world’s
second largest economy and we need to do all we can to encourage
these trade links. This is even more critical post Brexit.”
British Airways customers will be able to
connect on to Shenyang and Harbin through Shanghai, connect on to
Dalian through Beijing, and connect on to Changchun through either
Shanghai or Beijing.
British Airways offers 10 weekly flights to
Shanghai and seven to Beijing, from London Heathrow.
As part of the codeshare agreement, British
Airways Executive Club members can collect Avios when booking on
the British Airways code on China Southern Airlines flights.
“The codeshare partnership with British Airways is a
significant milestone in the airline's network development
strategy and a key component of the airline’s footprint in the
United Kingdom market. The United Kingdom is one of the most
competitive markets, and by partnering with British Airways, each
airline can use its strength to benefit the other and offer more
choice and enhanced connectivity to all guests, while experiencing
the world-class services and products offered by both airlines,”
said a spokesperson for China Southern.