China Southern Boeing 787 Dreamliner lands at Heathrow Airport
British businesses with interests in East Asia are set to receive a major boost after China Southern Airlines announced plans to expand its popular Heathrow to Guangzhou service.
China Southern Airlines has announced that it will be introducing a second daily departure between Heathrow and Guangzhou starting on 1 June of this year.
The airline’s twice daily service, the only direct connection between the UK and southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, is strategically important for a global, outward looking Britain.
The new service will use a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and will lower transfer times to China Southern Airlines’ network of over 120 destinations in China, Japan & Korea, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Since its launch, the China Southern route to Guangzhou has proved extremely popular among business travellers and tourists. The airport welcomed 1,151,00 passengers flying to and from Chinese destinations in 2016 alone - an increase of 7. 3% over the previous year.
Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said: “We are delighted to welcome the second service of China Southern Airlines to Heathrow and the benefits of increased connectivity to Guangzhou for our passengers and for British business. Direct connections to thriving markets like these are essential to keeping our country a global, outward looking, trading nation.”
Located just 75 miles up the Pearl River bay from Hong Kong, Guangzhou is one of China's most vibrant business markets and its biggest port. The addition of this new daily service will boost trade capacity to this booming city, by doubling the space for British exports to up to 8,760 metric tonnes a year.
Parveen Thornhill, London regional director at the Department for International Trade, said: “As one of the UK’s major trading partners it’s great to see connections to China improve, particularly to cities outside of Beijing like Guangzhou.
"China is an exciting growth market for the UK and businesses looking to tap into the Chinese market should learn more about the wealth of exporting opportunities out there by visiting great.gov.uk.
“Good transport connections are important foundations, but budding exporters should also take the necessary steps to make sure they’re ‘export ready’ and the Department for International Trade has trade advisors on hand to offer expert advice.”
The flight schedule will be as follows:
CZ604: Leaves London Heathrow at 12.35, arrives at Guangzhou at 07.10; starts from 1st June
CZ603: Leaves Guangzhou at 00.55, arrives at London Heathrow 06.35. starts from 1st June
CZ304: Leaves London Heathrow at 22.35, arrives at Guangzhou at 17.05
CZ303: Leaves Guangzhou at 09.30, arrives at London Heathrow 15.05