China Southern starts service to Nigeria

26 Jul 2010

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.

Kenny Coyle

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