China Southern Airlines flies to Heathrow


 

After eight years of trying to secure a place at Heathrow Airport, China Southern Airlines has finally succeeded in linking London with Guangzhou.

The new service connecting London and China’s third largest city is scheduled to commence on June 6, this year and will operate three times per week from Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport.

With Heathrow currently operating at 99.2 percent capacity, Paris has had an eight year lead on London in terms of building new trade connections with Guangzhou.

A spokesperson for British airport operator BAA said the United Kingdom had lost out on trade, jobs and economic growth because of the Government’s cap on flights at the UK hub.

"In the meantime the airline has flown to Paris. Even now, Paris will have four times as many flights to Guangzhou than the UK,” the spokesperson remarked.

"Other airlines from emerging economies would like to add new routes at Heathrow, but are unable to do so because of a lack of take-off and landing slots.”

A recent report by Frontier Economics explains how there are 21 emerging market destinations with daily flights from continental European hubs, but not from Heathrow, an issue Frontier claims is costing the British economy £1.2 billion a year in lost trade.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P
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