ANA increases frequencies to Hangzhou and Qingdao

7 Mar 2012

All Nippon Airways (ANA) will increase frequencies on flights from Osaka to Hangzhou and Qingdao from March 25 onwards, in order “to meet growing market demand,” stated the carrier.

At present, ANA flies to Hangzhou three times a week and four times a week to Qingdao; on March 25, these will become daily services from Kansai using the same Boeing B737 aircraft that are already deployed on these routes.

This complements the carrier’s service between Tokyo Narita and Hangzhou, which also runs on a daily basis, offering passengers greater flexibility.

Both Hangzhou and Qingdao are up-and-coming cities on the Mainland for both business and leisure. While Qingdao, in Shandong province, is a major port, Hangzhou focuses greatly on manufacturing. The growing importance of both these cities is reflected in airlines enhancing accessibility to both destinations. As previously reported, Lufthansa is poised to begin flights into Qingdao in March this year via Shenyang (see story here) while Dragonair increased capacity on flights between Hong Kong and Hangzhou (see story here). Furthermore, the high-speed train between Shanghai and Hangzhou started rolling back in 2010 (see story here).

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Alisha Haridasani


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