China Southern Airlines is to launch flights three times a week between its home base in Guangzhou, the capital of China’s Guangdong province, and Lagos in Nigeria from October 10, 2010.
The service will include a stopover in Dubai.
Outbound flights will depart from Guangzhou at 22:30 local time, every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, and return flights will depart from Lagos at 12:50 local time every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, with arrival in Guangzhou at 11:50 local time, the next day.
The route signals the increasing importance of ties between China and Africa.
Guangdong has a substantial African community, made up mainly of business traders and students. China has also become a major investor in African infrastructure projects, estimated by the World Bank to average around US$5billion annually. China is also expanding its ties with oil-producing countries in West Africa, including Nigerian and Angola. China Southern also operates a service to the Angolan capital Luanda.