Monday 26th of October 2015
On his state visit to the UK, the President of China, Xi Jinping, visited Manchester and formally unveiled the first ever direct air link between Manchester and Beijing. President Jinping visited Manchester Airport with British Prime Minister David Cameron.
The new direct air link between Manchester and Beijing will be operated by the Chinese airline Hainan Airline and will be taking its first flight in June 2016. It is planned to be a four times a week service initially and Chinese ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming has revealed that Hainan are in fact already releasing tickets so seats can be booked right now.
The new flight could contribute as much as £50m a year to the economy in Manchester and the ambassador stated that ‘Both China and the UK are open for business. Their respective strengths in economic and trade cooperation are well matched.’
This isn’t the only development at the airport which will link Manchester and China as President Jinping also announced the launch of a brand new £130m ‘Chine Cluster’ at the proposed £800m business and industrial hub planned at Airport City (at Manchester Airport). The hub is designed to bring more international businesses to the UK and will include a commercial base in this China Cluster, for Chinese businesses to position themselves with ease.
There are already two separate campuses, Wuhan Square and Shenzhen Gardens, planned for Chinese businesses. The Airport City development is growing considerably and the more international interest the better, for both Manchester and the rest of the United Kingdom.