Beijing Capital Airlines is to launch scheduled services from Birmingham airport to Beijing and Hangzhou from July 19.

The Hainan Airlines subsidiary will offer weekly flights to Beijing on Saturdays and Hangzhou on Tuesdays, using A330-200 aircraft configured for 33 business class and 178 economy seats.

Beijing Capital Airlines

Commenting on the news Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport, said:

“Today we have reached one of our goals – to offer direct scheduled services to China. We have made the investment, developed the market and today is testament that our region has enormous demand for direct flights to China.”

The new follows today’s confirmation that Tianjin Airlines will launch flights to Gatwick from Tianjin and Chongqing starting on June 25.

As reported by Business Traveller earlier month (see news April 4), the carrier will offer a twice-weekly A330 service, routing Tianjin-Chongqing-Gatwick.