Sunday 19th of July 2015
Glasgow Airport executives are in talks with Hainan Airlines, China’s largest privately-owned airline, over the possibility of establishing a route that would see travellers “piggy back” to Beijing via Manchester. Whilst a direct flight is not on the cards at the time of writing, the option to fly passengers to and from China via Manchester Airport is seen as the next best thing. China’s economy continues to grow at a staggering rate, and the Scottish government are keen to secure strong transport links between Scotland and the world’s fastest-growing economy, to allow for ease of trade.
The proposed twice-weekly flight could launch as early as next year, but Hainan will first have to decide whether the route will start at Glasgow Airport or rival Edinburgh Airport. Talks have been in progress for months between the two sites, and a decision is expected to be made over the coming weeks.
A spokesman for Glasgow Airport said: “Route development is an area in which we have enjoyed a great deal of success and we speak with airlines on a regular basis about adding further new services. Whilst it is the airline that will make the decision, we will continue to develop compelling propositions for airlines to ensure they choose Glasgow, which is Scotland’s economic powerhouse, over competing global markets.”