First flight from China to Edinburgh lands today

Glasgow airport has also emerged as a front runner to welcome new flights from China. Photo credit – Pixabay

First flight from China to Edinburgh lands today

The first ever direct flight between Scotland and China has landed at Edinburgh Airport.

The four-weekly, year-round service with Hainan Airlines to Beijing Capital International Airport is Scotland’s first connection to the Far East.


Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said:

“This is a momentous day as we connect not only Edinburgh and Beijing for the first time, but Scotland and China too. It is a route which has immense opportunities for our countries, from tourism and business to culture, education and more.

“We know Edinburgh is second only to London for Chinese tourists and we are eager to welcome more people to our fantastic capital city, but it’s also about connecting people from Scotland to Beijing and wider China thanks to Hainan’s hub network.

“Hainan is one of the world’s most prestigious airlines and we are proud to be working with them. This is something the city has worked towards for a number of years and we are delighted to see this day finally arrive.”

The flights will be direct twice a week, and via Dublin at other times.

When the link was first announces, commentators were quick to point out that they could provide a massive economic boost to the local economy in Edinburgh.

In the weeks since, there’s been optimism in the rest of the country that the flights will boost the Scottish economy as a whole.

For example, they’ve been described as ‘fantastic news for the highlands’ and ‘an exciting gear change’ for Scotland.

Now Glasgow airport has emerged as a front runner to welcome new flights from China.

That’s because the Scottish facility has signed an agreement with Shanghai airport which will seek to establish a direct link between the two cities.

The airports will also work together to share ideas and best practice opportunities.

Rupert Reid

Pilot and Senior Broadcast Journalist at Panda Radio. You can find him on Twitter @rupertreid