Cantonese Express

The Birmingham Post reports on the 4th June that, Birmingham Airport to get direct China air link; although you'll need to stop briefly in Dubai as the current runway length prohibits long distance travel.

The flights from Birmingham will go to Guangzhou, known as Canton in the West, which is the third largest air hub in China and the capital of the Guangdong province. Guangzhou has a population of 9.5 million and will host the 2010 Asian games while the Guangdong region has the highest GDP of all China's provinces.

This is an important link and further signals the development of Birmingham International Airport, which submitted a planning application for a runway extension earlier in the year and Birmingham City Council's ambitions to work with the 'tiger' economies of Asia such as India and China.

Starting on July 1 Emirates EK362 service will fly non-stop to Guangzhou four times weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in a two class configuration – 27 seats in business and 251 in economy. From October 1, Emirates will also fly on Fridays and from December 1, the service will become daily.


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