- Flights run Mondays, Fridays, depart 9am, arr 5.30am+1
- 12.30m service being operated by Boeing 787-900
- Dreamliners have capacity for 289 passengers
Dublin Airport got its latest direct service to Asia, with the first flight taking off to Shenzhen, near Hong Kong in southeast China.
The Hainan Airlines flight will be in close competition with Cathay Pacific‘s direct service from Dublin to nearby Hong Kong, located 38km from Shenzhen Airport.
Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said: “Shenzhen is a really exciting destination for both business and leisure travel. The new route will further increase trade, tourism and investment between Ireland and China and expand the growing number of Chinese visitors to Ireland.”
Hainan Airlines’ General Manager Ireland, Ryan Zhang said: “We are proud that Hainan Airlines is playing a central role in forging greater friendship and cooperation between our two countries. We look forward to welcoming many Irish and Chinese guests on board our five-star Skytrax service.”
Hainan entered the Irish market last June when it launched a service to Beijing via Edinburgh. On alternate days the service either operates direct between Dublin and Beijing or has a stopover in Edinburgh.
Shenzhen has been one of the world’s fastest-growing cities in recent decades and has a population of about 13 million. The city is a 30-40-minute bullet train ride away from both Hong Kong and Guangzhou.
Hainan has a significant domestic route network at Shenzhen and also operates flights from the city to international destinations such as Brisbane, Brussels, Madrid, Oakland, Osaka, Tel Aviv, Vancouver and Zurich.
Hainan Airlines was established in 1993 in Hainan Province, which is the largest special economic zone in China. Since then, Hainan Airlines has established bases in 12 Chinese cities including Beijing, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dalian, and Chongqing.
James Kenny, Tourism Ireland’s Manager China, said: “The new Hainan Airlines service from Shenzhen to Dublin is really good news for Irish tourism in 2019, as we continue the roll out of our market diversification strategy. As an island destination, we know the importance of direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated; there’s a proven correlation between access and growth in visitor numbers, so this new flight will be an important factor in growing visitor numbers from China..
“A key message for Tourism Ireland in China is the British-Irish Visa Scheme, which enables Chinese travellers to visit both Ireland and Britain on a single visa of either country. In May, Tourism Ireland will undertake our 2019 sales mission to China – when we will meet with top Chinese travel agents and tour operators in the key cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou.”
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