China Southern Airlines, Asia’s largest airline, will double its daily departures from London Heathrow to Guangzhou from 1 June 2017.
Introduced in response to the popularity of the route, the new daily service will be serviced by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, an aircraft acclaimed for its fuel efficiency, spacious interior and lightweight construction.
Dreamliners have also proven popular with travellers for their lighting and environmental systems that minimise jet lag – a welcome feature for this eleven and a half hour journey.
The year-round service currently operates once per day from Heathrow’s Terminal 4.
The later departure time of the new service, also from Terminal 4, will provide shorter transfer times to many of the airline’s network of over 120 destinations in China, Japan & Korea, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand from their Guangzhou hub.
Nick Newman, Commercial Manager for UK & Ireland, said: “Our mission is to make diverse destinations like China more accessible for UK travellers, so we’re thrilled to be able to add a second daily flight from London to Guangzhou.
“The new flight frequency brings our total weekly departures between Western Europe and China to 41 and firmly signifies our continued expansion.”
A proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, the 4-star airline is the 4th largest in the world, flying to more than 200 destinations across 40+ countries.
The new flight schedule will operate at the following times:
CZ604: Departs London Heathrow 12.35, arrives at Guangzhou 07.10
CZ304: Departs London Heathrow 22.35, arrives Guangzhou 17.05
CZ603: Departs Guangzhou 00.55, arrives London Heathrow 06.35
CZ303: Departs Guangzhou 09.30, arrives London Heathrow 15.05
Meanwhile, Turkish Airlines will boost services to Thailand with the introduction of non-stop flights to Phuket. Istanbul – Phuket (HKT) – Istanbul flights are planned as 4 flights per week and will be launched as of July 17, 2017.
Phuket Island is the gateway to the southern part of Thailand making it easier for people to expand their travels to Khao Lak, Phang-nga, Koh Samui, Trang, as well as Krabi and Koh Lipe. Known for its abundance of white, sandy beaches and easy access to the Andaman Sea for world class diving, Phuket has grown in popularity as an international destination, welcoming more than six million visitors to the island in the first five months of 2015
Turkish Airlines executive in Thailand, Abdullah Ahmet Tuğcu, told journalists that the first expedition from Istanbul to Phuket will be on July 17 and there would be four flights a week. He also noted that Turkish Airlines offered 14 flights a week to the capital of Thailand, Bangkok, and two flights a day.
Tuğcu said passengers could also fly the Bangkok-Saigon line via Turkish Airlines.
The abolition of tourist visas between Turkey and Thailand in 2012 had considerably boosted passenger traffic.
“As of November, we scheduled two flights in a day in the winter season for the first time,” Tuğcu added.