Beijing Capital Airlines to Launch New London-Qingdao Route

Beijing Capital Airlines will launch a new direct service from London Heathrow to Qingdao, with three weekly direct services, starting this summer, providing passengers with a convenient connection between the UK and eastern China.

The new route to Qingdao will provide nearly 70,000 extra seats every year for passengers travelling to and from China, while allowing Heathrow to have direct connections to four cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Qingdao.

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The London-Qingdao service has been put in place following the UK and the Chinese Governments’ successful negotiation last year to significantly increase the number of permitted flights between the two countries.

“We are pleased and honoured to have this chance to strengthen the connection between the UK and China,” says Xu Jun, CEO of Beijing Capital Airlines. “This new route will offer more convenient and comfortable travel service to citizens in both countries than any previous experience flying from Heathrow to Qingdao.”

The new agreement also lifted previous restrictions limiting airlines to serving six destinations in each country, opening up the potential for more trade with a host of Chinese powerhouse cities.

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“As the UK’s gateway to the world, we are delighted to welcome Beijing Capital Airlines and the tremendous, previously untapped opportunities of the Qingdao market for British business,” says Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye. “With the expansion, Heathrow will provide British exporters access to up to 40 new long-haul destinations across the globe – including more Chinese cities – and send a powerful message that Britain is open for business and our future is stronger as a global, outward-looking, trading nation.”

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