Travellers who have been flying Hainan Airlines’ new route between Beijing, Edinburgh and Dublin will be aware of its unique “alternating routing” that sees aircraft fly Beijing-Edinburgh-Dublin-Beijing on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and Beijing-Dublin-Edinburgh-Beijing on Thursdays and Sundays.
However, from the end of October travellers will have only three weekly flights to choose from rather than the usual four as the Chinese carrier is set to reduce frequency on the route for the winter season.
As of October 28, Hainan Airlines will operate just one flight per week that goes non-stop between Beijing and Dublin (Sunday), with the Thursday Beijing-Dublin-Edinburgh-Beijing flight being dropped.
The twice-weekly flights that go to Edinburgh from Beijing first before continuing on to Dublin will continue to operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Hainan Airlines launched its flights between the three cities last month, originally using its Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
As of July 20, however, its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner has operated the route.
The Chinese carrier is not the only airline to have recently launched a new service to Dublin.
Cathay Pacific launched a non-stop service between Hong Kong and the Republic of Ireland capital in June using its A350-900 aircraft.