Hainan Airlines announces Dublin-Edinburgh-Beijing route
March 15, 2018
Hainan Airlines held a press conference at the Irish Embassy in Beijing today to announce it will open on June 12th flights to Dublin and Edinburgh. These new flights will be carried on the Airbus A330 wide-body passenger aircraft, four flights per week.
Hainan Airlines stated that the issuance of new routes is a new move for Hainan Airlines to expand its international airline network and facilitate passenger travel. It is also a powerful move in response to the “One Belt and One Road” initiative to promote the “going out” of China’s civil aviation.
The Dublin route is the first direct flight to Ireland in mainland China. The Edinburgh route is Beijing’s first direct flight to Edinburgh, reducing transit time for passengers and facilitating international travel.
In addition, on the same day of the conference, Hainan Airlines also signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Dublin Airport, Edinburgh Airport, the Irish Tourist Board and the Scottish Tourist Board.
Dublin is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Ireland, and it is also its political, economic, cultural, tourism and transportation center. Edinburgh is a famous British cultural city, the capital of Scotland, and many historic sites. It is the second largest tourist city in the UK after London.
“I am very pleased that Hainan Airlines will soon open the first direct flight between Beijing and Dublin. This will facilitate the travel of both China and Ireland, promote the development of bilateral relations, and strengthen the connectivity between Dublin and Edinburgh.” Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Diplomacy Ministry of Trade and Trade Minister Simon Coveney said at the press conference.
Hainan Airlines Chairman Bao Hee said that the opening of new routes from Beijing to Dublin and Edinburgh will not only facilitate passenger exchanges, but will also further promote the integration of multilateral culture and help the economy grow together.
The planned flight times (local time) for the direct Beijing-Dublin route are as follows:
- The Beijing-Dublin flights will operate on Thursdays and Sundays. Flights will depart Beijing at 1.30am, arriving in Dublin at 6am
- The Dublin-Beijing service will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Flights will depart Dublin Airport at 11.10am, arriving in Beijing at 5am the following day
The planned flight times (local time) for the non-direct Beijing-Edinburgh-Dublin service are:
- The Beijing-Edinburgh-Dublin service will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Flights will depart Beijing at 1.30am, arriving in Dublin at 9.10am via Edinburgh
- The Dublin-Edinburgh-Beijing service will operate on Thursdays and Sundays. Flights will depart Dublin at 8am, arriving in Beijing via Edinburgh at 5am the following day