Emirates will start operations to the ancient city of Guangzhou, now one of China’s economic centres, from July 1, thus joining the airline’s sprawling six-continent non-stop network.
Projected to play an important role in the 100-plus destinations on Emirates’ route map, Guangzhou will be the airline’s fourth gateway in China, after Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong.
Speaking about the rationale of launching the service, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates airline and Group, said: “Guangzhou is a vital link in our strategic plans for both China and the Asia-Pacific region. The city has been on our radar for some time as it is the heartbeat of the Guangdong Province and hums with its political, socio-economic, scientific, educational and cultural life.
“Guangzhou serves as a travel hub for Guangdong and the South China provinces, which significantly expands our span and reach.”
He added: “The Emirates Group is no stranger to Guangzhou, as through our subsidiary in Singapore, Changi International Airport Services, we hold a 20 per cent stake in Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Handling Company, which provides ground handling services at the airport.”
Starting July 1, Emirates’ EK362 will fly non-stop to Guangzhou on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, with an Airbus A330-200 in a two class configuration – 27 seats in business and 251 in economy.
Emirates’ services to Guangzhou will connect travellers from Europe, particularly those from the UK, France, Germany and Switzerland, and American cities New York and Houston. Travellers from Africa and the Middle East, particularly Cape Town, Lagos, Cairo, Amman, Kuwait, Addis Ababa, Nairobi and Beirut, are also well-served with a connection in Dubai.
Emirates to take off to Guangzhou from July 1