Hainan Airlines To Restore Beijing-Edinburgh Route

By Aaron Karp May 22, 2023
China’s Hainan Airlines will open service between Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) and Edinburgh Airport (EDI).
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Air France receives traffic rights to reopen Beijing route

By David Casey Aug 11, 2020
France’s flag carrier has been given the green light from Chinese authorities to operate weekly flights between Paris and Beijing.
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United: Resuming LAX 787 routes marks 'sprout' of good news

By Ben Goldstein Jul 14, 2020
After American Airlines drops LAX as an international hub, United boosts long-haul flying at the airport.
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Recovery Tracker: the global market (w/c June 8)

By David Casey Jun 15, 2020
As airlines and airports around the world recover from the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Routes' latest infographic looks at the current state of the global aviation market.
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Europe market update

By David Casey Jun 03, 2020
Routes’ latest Europe market round-up, featuring new route launches, capacity changes and news.
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United to ramp up international routes

Jun 02, 2020
The airline's network will grow beyond London Heathrow, its only current international destination.
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COVID-19: European market update (w/e May 17)

By David Casey May 20, 2020
Routes' weekly update on how airlines and airports across Europe are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Delta and United to resume China flights

By David Casey May 19, 2020
Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are set to resume scheduled passenger service between the US and China from next month for the first time since early February.
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Route rundown: MAD-IAD, SYD-PEK, IST-EWR

Nov 15, 2019
This week: Iberia plans to return to Washington Dulles after a decade; Qantas to end Beijing service; and Turkish Airlines increases service to the New York area.
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Route rundown: DEL-YYZ, TSE-NRT, PEK-NCE

Jun 27, 2019
This week: Air India to restore Delhi – Toronto service; SCAT Airlines to open route to Japan from Routes Silk Road host; and Air China selects Nice.
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Beijing Capital tops 100 million but Atlanta remains number one

By David Casey Feb 21, 2019
Beijing Capital International Airport has become the first Chinese airport - and the second in the world - to reach the 100 million passenger milestone. However, the airport still remains the second busiest on earth after Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International continued to grow. Routesonline today reveals the top ten airports based on passenger numbers in 2018.
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Route rundown: PEK-IST, TXL-JFK, TPA-AMS

Aug 30, 2018
This week: China Southern to resume flights to Turkey; Primera Air adds transatlantic routes; and Delta to serve Amsterdam from Tampa.
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China to relax 'one route, one airline' policy for Chinese airlines

By David Casey May 17, 2018
China is set to relax its “one route, one airline” policy for Chinese airlines on international routes, allowing for greater competition between state-owned and private carriers.
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American 'committed to China' despite route withdrawal

By David Casey May 08, 2018
American Airlines is to end its Chicago O’Hare-Beijing Capital service as the current fare environment "severely limits" the carrier's ability to compete.
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Atlanta is still the world’s busiest airport but the gap at the top is closing

By David Casey Feb 09, 2018
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport remains the world’s busiest airport, according to preliminary traffic figures, but Beijing Capital is closing the gap. The statistics - which reveal the top 20 airports by passenger numbers - also show there is no stopping China’s rapid growth, with 12 new airports beginning commercial air service during 2017.
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Route rundown: PEK-CPH, KUL-BNE, TLV-TFS

Jan 12, 2018
This week: Air China is set to enter the Beijing-Copenhagen market, Malaysia Airlines returns to Brisbane and Smartwings adds leisure route.
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China Southern wants to deepen AA ties for US push

By David Casey Nov 27, 2017
China Southern Airlines, a SkyTeam member partly owned by oneworld’s American Airlines, is seeking to further its partnership with the US carrier to help it increase its presence in the transpacific market.
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Route rundown: TBS-SXF, PEK-CPH, ESB-CDG

Oct 26, 2017
This week: Georgian Airways plans seven new European routes, including Berlin, while Turkish Airlines is to resume Ankara–Paris CDG after a seven-year absence.
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Beijing slot constraints closes door to American's proposed Los Angeles link

By Richard Maslen Feb 01, 2017
American Airlines had originally proposed a December 16, 2016 start date for its new daily Los Angeles - Beijing flight, but a late DOT decision meant it had until this quarter, 90 days since the DOT’s final order to commence services. It now reveals that on January 18, 2017, the CAAC rejected American’s request for slots at Beijing Capital International Airport, putting its plans into disarray.
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Korean Air to debut Dreamliner from March 2017

By Richard Maslen Jan 03, 2017
In the latest update of its 2017 flight inventory, Korean Air will introduce the 787-9 on its Seoul Gimpo – Jeju route between March 7, 2017 and March 25, 2017. The aircraft will serve the domestic link on a three times daily basis to ensure crew can secure required flight hours on the airframe ahead of its international debut.
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Routes helps with delivery of first mainland China link to Las Vegas

By Richard Maslen Dec 09, 2016
Hainan Airlines' landmark Beijing - Las Vegas service has its roots in the US city hosting the World Routes air service development forum back in October 2013 and has been helped subsequently by regular meetings at Routes regional and world events. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) estimates the flights will account for $33.5 million in annual economic impact.
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Qantas returns to Beijing to tap into growing Australia – China travel market

By Richard Maslen Oct 18, 2016
China is Australia’s most valuable market, with Chinese visitors spending more than $7.7 billion annually. Spend has increased by more than 400 percent in the past 10 years, from $1.5 billion in 2005 to $7.7 billion in 2015. Year-on-year spending grew 43 per cent in 2015 – double the previous 12 month’s growth rate.
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UK airports vie for new routes after relaxation of UK-China bilateral

By Richard Maslen Oct 12, 2016
Under the new Air Service Agreement passenger flights can now increase from the current maximum of 40 per week for each nation to up to 100. There will be no limit on the number of all-cargo services, creating new opportunities for trade and businesses. A restriction on the number of destinations that airlines can serve has also been lifted, meaning services can be operated between any point in the UK and any point in China. Up until now, airlines could only serve six destinations in each country.
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ANALYSIS: Airlines and Airports on the rise in China's international market

By Richard Maslen Aug 01, 2016
As World Routes returns to mainland China, Routesonline is providing a snapshot on the leading international airlines and international airports and most used aircraft types on international flights from the country and highlights the country's top performers during the first half of 2016.
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The Chinese Dragon roars in the UK

By Richard Maslen Apr 23, 2016
Latest figures from VisitBritain state that tourist numbers to the UK from China were up 37 percent in the first nine months of 2015 as more than 200,000 Chinese holidaymakers visited the UK in the nine month period. VisitBritain is hoping to double spending from Chinese visitors to £1 billion by 2020, - they were already among the highest spenders ringing up £2,688 a head and already account for almost a quarter of tourist spending in the UK.
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