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Sat, 14 July 2018

China Southern Airlines Launches Sanya - London Heathrow Flights

China Southern Airlines has launched non-stop flights between Sanya's Phoenix International Airport and London Heathrow.

Flight CZ651 is scheduled to depart Sanya at 13:00 every Thursday and Sunday, arriving in London at 18:45. For the return journey, flight CZ652 departs London Heathrow at 22:10 to arrive in Sanya at 16:20 the following day. The total flight time is about 12 hours and 45 minutes.

China Southern Airlines Airbus A350-900. Click to enlarge.

Hainan has recently accelerated its development plans and is one of the first places in China to offer travelers from 59 countries visa-free, and consequently hassle-free, access to Sanya. This welcome move will help Sanya deepen communication, trade, and cultural and tourism exchanges with the UK and Europe and contributes strongly to Hainan's status as an international free-trade zone.

The British Consulate General Guangzhou Acting Consul General Andrew Ould said, "Hainan is facilitating the construction of China's free-trade zone. I believe that the launch of the direct flight between Sanya and London will help attract more visitors from the UK to spend their holidays in Sanya and UK-based companies to invest and establish facilities in the city."

Sanya has witnessed incredible growth in its tourism industry. Year-on-year growth in inbound tours have encouraged airlines to accelerate international expansion. Sanya recorded approximately 450,000 visitors in 2016 and that figure increased to 700,000 in 2017. As of 12 July 2018, Sanya has witnessed the launch of 34 international routes serving 25 destinations such as the UK, Russia, South Korea, and Japan.

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