China Southern launches direct London–Zhengzhou flight

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The new non-stop service connects Heathrow with 13th Chinese destination

China is now even more accessible for Europeans as Chinese Southern has kicked off a new non-stop service between Zhengzhou and London Heathrow

The new flight will carry travellers and holidaymakers practically into the heart of ancient Chinese culture. Zhengzhou is one of China’s eight ancient capitals and prides itself with many landmarks such as the famous Shaolin Monastery or the Pagoda Forest. 

China Southern has launched a new service to Heathrow — Mike Fuchslocher / Shutterstock China Southern launches direct London–Zhengzhou flightChina Southern has launched a new service to Heathrow — Mike Fuchslocher / Shutterstock

Travellers can also visit a Unesco World Heritage Site which is likely the birthplace of the ancient martial art of kung fu.

In addition, the capital of Henan province is also a major industrial centre. For instance, 70 per cent of all Apple iPhones is manufactured here.

“The launch of our new route to Zhengzhou is an exciting opportunity for passengers and will provide Europe’s only direct connection to this unique Chinese destination,” said Heathrow chief commercial officer Ross Baker.

“We are committed to opening-up more routes to China as part of our strategy to drive forward the UK’s global connectivity for years to come.”

The carrier uses Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner to operate the new twice-weekly flights to the capital of Henan province offering 55,328 seats a year.

Three Chinese airlines look for new European routes 

China Southern is not the only Chinese carrier that aims to broaden its connection with Europe. Another three local airlines have revealed their plans to launch new services. 

China Eastern Airlines aims to launch a twice-weekly service between Milan and Wenzhou. The carrier plans to commence operation of the route from the eastern coastal city in Zhejiang province in October 2019.

Shanghai-based carrier Juneyao Airlines has applied for two routes from Shanghai Pudong to Manchester and Athens. The Shanghai Pudong–Manchester service could start in March 2020.

In addition, Hainan Airlines’ low-cost subsidiary — Beijing Capital Airlines — wants to kick off a weekly Beijing–Xi’an–Lisbon service set to begin in July 2019.