Ambassador Liu
  Video & Audio
  Former Ambassadors
China-UK Relations
  Political Exchanges
  Economy & Trade
  Science & Tech
  Local Exchanges
Embassy Information
  Embassy Events
  Tour the Embassy
  Office Hours and Address
  Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office
  Education Section
Consulate-General in the UK

Chinese Embassy in UK WeChat

Chinese Embassy in UK
Home > Embassy News > 2016
China and the UK in agreement to increase flights between the two countries
    (Xinhua News) The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) signed an MOU with the UK Aviation to increase flight capacity between the two countries to boost tourism and trade opportunities.

   Under the new deal, passenger flights can now increase from the current maximum of 40 per week for each nation to up to 100. There will be no limit on the number of all-cargo services. The restriction on the number of destinations that airlines can serve has also been lifted, meaning services can be operated between any point in the UK and any point in China. Up until now, airlines could only serve 6 destinations in each country.

   Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said strong connections with emerging markets like China would be vital for the UK to continue competing on the global economic stage. Hundreds of thousands of Chinese people visit the UK every year, spending hundreds of millions of pounds. Raising the number of permitted flights between the two countries would provide massive opportunities for UK businesses, helping increase trade, create jobs and boost economy up and down the country.

   UK Aviation Minister Lord Ahmad said, these new arrangements would further strengthen the UK-China relations. After Brexit, improving trade links with key markets such as China would boost exports and tourism, as well as helping create jobs and strengthening local economies.

   Visits from China are on the increase in recent years. Statistics from the British side show that from 2014 to 2015, visits from China went up by 46% to almost 270,000 and Chinese tourist spending in the UK increased by 18% to £586 million, moving China into the UK's top 10 most valuable inbound markets.

Suggest to a Friend
Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland All Rights Reserved