Hainan Airlines boosts Manchester service

Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines will increase its frequency from Manchester airport with a fifth weekly flight.

The service will rise from four flights a week from June 1, with the airline tipped to use new Boeing 787 Dreamliners on the route to Beijing, depending on aircraft availability.

It is the only direct UK service to mainland China outside London.

Loic Gao, UK general manager, said: “This added frequency shows Hainan Airlines’ commitment to the UK market and it responds to the increased demand for this route from Manchester airport.

“This has been a successful route for Hainan Airlines since its inaugural flight on June 10, 2016, and as we approach our first anniversary, an increased frequency is a wonderful way of celebrating such success.”

Stephen Turner, airport commercial director, added: “It is incredibly pleasing to see Hainan Airlines increase frequency from Manchester airport.

“In less than a year of operation, the route proves to be incredibly popular with leisure and business passengers alike.

“Hainan’s five-star service offers passengers a luxury product all the way to Beijing and beyond and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the airline as they grow from the north’s global gateway.”

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