The first ever direct flights from Scotland to China will begin in June thanks to a service that will connect Beijing, Dublin and Edinburgh.
Hainan Airlines has announced it will operate a four times per week Edinburgh – Beijing service from June 12. Using its Airbus A330-300s it will fly from Beijing to Dublin and then onto Edinburgh and then back to Beijing on Thursdays and Sundays, flying to Edinburgh and then Dublin and then back to Beijing on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Edinburgh Airport says the announcement marks the successful culmination of its partnership with colleagues in China to attract these routes to Scotland.
Edinburgh Airport CEO, Gordon Dewar said: “This is a fantastic day for Edinburgh Airport and for Scotland as we connect Scotland and China for the first time. We are two countries steeped in history and rich in culture, offering new destinations for people from both countries to visit and explore.
“Edinburgh is second only to London as the most popular UK destination for Chinese tourists, and we have worked incredibly hard with partners across the city and country to get to this point.”
“This is an incredibly exciting day for the airport, for the city and for the country. Tourism is one of our biggest economic drivers and still has masses of potential to unleash – let’s use this opportunity to drive it forward.”