Airline to resume direct Scotland to China flights

Hainan Airlines will resume direct flights between Edinburgh and Beijing from June 26.

An airline has announced plans to resume direct services between Scotland and China for the first time in four years.

Hainan Airlines will resume flights twice-weekly between Edinburgh and Beijing from June 26 until October 8.

The last direct service, also operated by Hainan Airlines, was cancelled in late 2019 due to the Covid pandemic.

Edinburgh Airport said it would be the only direct link between Scotland and China, and described it as “fantastic news”.

Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar said: “This important connectivity will provide a boost to Scotland’s universities and tourism industry, open up a wealth of new business opportunities, and enable better access to other parts of the world.”

Transport minister Kevin Stewart said: “This direct connectivity is great news for people and businesses in both Scotland and China, building strong links for business and exports, as well as making it easier for visitors and students to come and experience Scotland.”

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