Heathrow / China flights bring ‘bridges of friendship’

China Southern is also launching direct services between Wuhan and Heathrow. Photo credit – Pixabay

Heathrow / China flights bring ‘bridges of friendship’

The first direct flights between Sanya and Europe will be launched with the forthcoming inaugural service to London Heathrow operated by China Southern Airlines.

The carrier is also launching direct services between Wuhan and Heathrow.

According to the London Airport, the routes will allow for over 6,000 metric tonnes of additional cargo capacity and over 110,000 new seats for passengers travelling to Sanya and Wuhan.

Flights from Wuhan started on 30th May, and those from Sanya will commence on 12th July.

Marking the start of the Wuhan services, Chinese Ambassador to the UK, HE Liu Xiaoming said:

“I would like to extend my congratulations on the launch of the new air routes this summer linking London Heathrow with two bustling Chinese cities of Wuhan and Sanya respectively. The key to sound relationships between states lies in the affinity between the peoples, which largely stems from mutual understanding.”

“I sincerely hope that these new routes will become bridges of mutual understanding and friendship between our two peoples, facilitating travels and exchanges between our two countries and giving fresh impetus to the Golden Era of the China-UK relationship.”

Rupert Reid

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