22 AUGUST 2022
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Today (Monday 22 August) sees the return of flights from Manchester to Beijing.
The service will operate weekly each Monday arriving at Manchester 10:00, departing at 15:00.
The outbound route will initially fly via Dalian, where passengers quarantine for seven days, in line with Chinese regulations. The inbound service will be direct from Beijing.
Hainan Airlines will use an A330 aircraft with both Economy and Business Classes.
The airline started flights from the Northern hub in 2016, with the route going on to unlock hundreds of millions of pounds in trade, investment and tourism benefits.
The UK and Chinese governments last week agreed Manchester – China was one of the air corridors that could resume after a two-and-a-half year hiatus, and Hainan has moved quickly to start operating the popular service again, in time for the busy student season.
The news has been hailed as a major boost to the North and the UK’s levelling-up ambitions, with Manchester Airport becoming the only gateway outside of London with a direct service to mainland China.
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