China Southern will soon offer travellers an alternative route between the UK and Australia when it launches new flights between its Guangzhou hub and London on June 6.
The airline, which already serves major Australian cities from Guangzhou, is calling its new London link the ‘Canton Route’ and says it will make the historic Chinese city “an ideal transit hub” for travellers making the day-long flight between Europe and Australia.
It brings new sightseeing opportunities for travellers used to stopping off at the popular hubs of Singapore and Bangkok while en route from Europe to Australia.
China Southern is also adding more flights between Guangzhou, Amsterdam and Paris by the middle of the year – which executive vice-president, Mr He Zongkai said he hoped would make the Canton Route as popular as the Kangaroo Route.
Meanwhile, there is a lot of excitement around the Chinese airline industry, which is poised for huge growth over the next 20 years given the country’s population of over 1 billion, the rise of the country’s middle classes and its gradual shift from being a largely domestic airline market to a globally competitive one.
China Southern, which is one of China’s ‘big three’ airlines became the first Chinese airline to fly the A380 in October 2011.