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Hainan Airlines – China’s largest airline to make a touchdown at kolkata

This Mahalaya, China’s largest premier carrier will touch down at Kolkata airport, linking the city to Shenzen in souhern China province of Guangdong. This is the second carrier to connect Kolkata with a Chinese city, the first one being China Eastern that launched flights in 2008.

A Hainan Airlines official said the airline would launch a twice-weekly service between Kolkata and Shenzen, a 45-minute drive from Hong Kong, on September 27. The inaugural flight will touch down at 4.45pm and take off at 6pm. The twice-a-week service may be enhanced to thrice weekly from the winter schedule that commences on November 1.

Hainan had earlier planned to launch the service on July 2, but it was postponed following non-availability of aircraft due to commitments on the domestic sectors. This time though, the airline is confident of launching the flight ahead of the Puja holidays. Already, several groups have booked tickets.

“We hope to record good loads by tapping leisure traffic during the festive season. While some will do the Shenzen-Hong Kong-Macau circuit, others will opt for Beijing-Shanghai-Guangzhou,” the official said. Even post Pujas, the airline hopes to get on board business traffic with the 20-day Canton industrial trade fair beginning October 15. “We have got a couple of group enquiries through travel agents. The trade fair is one of the largest in the region with participation from all over the world,” the official said.

source: TOI

Comments

  1. Deaz says:

    Nice post

  2. Asif says:

    Good news for us, I go to shenzen 2 times every month, now direct flight save lot money and time. thank u Hainan Airlines.

  3. ycl1688 says:

    Asif,
    China sounds like backyard to you, it is just as easy now.

  4. ycl1688 says:

    Unfortunately the airlines pulling out of Kolkata, after just 10 days of operation citing low occupancy reason, it is oct 11 last flight, according to telegraph news.

  5. vivek says:

    Sad news for Kolkata.
    I wish i could be d few lucky ones in this historic flight.