Emiratres airline will start flying to two new cities in China as the Dubai carrier taps rising demand for travel in the world’s most populous country.
From May 2016, Emirates will commence four weekly flights to the cities of Yinchuan and Zhengzhou. The airline already flies to Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou in China’s mainland.
Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia, is situated to the west of the Yellow River and to the east of Helan Mountain. The city, which is known for its large Muslim population, serves as a connecting point for trade and cultural exchange between China and the Middle East. Meanwhile, Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, is an educational, technological and economic hub in China.
Emirates will operate a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft to both destinations. The aircraft has a three class configuration – offering 266 seats and 14 tonnes of cargo capacity in the hold. Popular commodities are expected to be transported from the Chinese cities—this includes electronics such as mobile phones from Zhengzhou, and agricultural products such as goji berries and cashmere from Yinchuan, said Emirates.
“As China’s regions continue to open up to the global economy, Emirates remains keen to support this with the further expansion of air services in mainland China,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the airline goup’s chairman and chief executive. “In particular we’re interested in exploring the opportunity of daily services to Hangzhou and Chongqing, and a second daily service to Guangzhou,” he added.
Trade between Dubai and China has been on the increase. Dubai currently hosts 3,000 Chinese companies, and a growing number of Chinese businesses and banks are opening in the city. Currently, there are around 200,000 Chinese residents in Dubai. Meanwhile, Chinese visitors to Dubai rose by 25 per cent in 2014.
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