Hainan Airlines adds growth at Edinburgh Airport Even more flights added from Scotland to China for 2024

9th January 2024

Edinburgh Airport will accommodate more flights to China than ever before in 2024 as Hainan

Airlines grows its presence in the Scottish capital.

The airline will operate flights between Edinburgh and Beijing from 17 May to 26 October 2024 – an

increase of nine weeks on 2023.

There will be four flights per week in the peak summer months (June 1 to September 30) and two

flights per week outwith. The flights will be operated on an Airbus A330-300.

The increase demonstrates Edinburgh’s continued attractiveness to international audiences and

represents growth for Hainan Airlines at Edinburgh Airport – the only airport in Scotland to offer

direct flights to China.

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said:

“It’s great to see our partners at Hainan Airlines grow their presence at Edinburgh Airport and

maintain that crucial direct connectivity between Scotland and China.

“We know there is a continued attractiveness and allure of Scotland as an international destination,

and that is acutely felt in China where our stunning scenery, our world-renowned food and drink,

and our well sought after educational institutions are all highly regarded.

“These additional flights will also offer people in Scotland more opportunities to experience China

and increase the potential for closer working and investment prospects for businesses both at home

and abroad."

Angus Robertson, Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, External Affairs and Culture, said:

“I am delighted that Hainan Airlines will continue the direct route between Edinburgh and Beijing,

and also with an enhanced frequency for 2024.

“Continued direct connectivity through air travel is vital for economic and cultural links between

China and Scotland, bringing increased benefits to visitors, students, tourists and businesses in both

directions. Scotland is a world class tourist destination and I want to extend a warm welcome if you

decide to travel to Scotland next year.”

Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland Chief Executive, said:

“The return and increased capacity of this direct route connecting Beijing to Edinburgh is further

evidence of the undeniable demand for our world famous offering.

“Scotland is perfectly placed to benefit from increased interest from Chinese visitors who are often

looking for unique and exciting experiences the whole family can enjoy.

“We know that making it as easy as possible for people to come here makes Scotland a more

enticing destination. Overseas holidaymakers tend to stay longer and spend more. They are an

increasingly important part of the visitor economy, helping to attract investment, create jobs and

sustain communities.”

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