China Southern’s new route to London Heathrow brings the airline’s European network out of Guangzhou in southern China to three destinations. With the new service, the SkyTeam airline particularly targets traffic between the UK and Australia and New Zealand.
- China Southern Airlines expanded its network to Europe out of its main hub in Guangzhou (CAN) in southern China on 6 June when the SkyTeam airline began operating thrice-weekly to London Heathrow (LHR) in the United Kingdom. This is the airline’s third European route from Guangzhou after flights to the SkyTeam hubs Paris CDG and Amsterdam. The new route is operated thrice-weekly – on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays – with A330-200 aircraft. Si Xiamen, GM of China Southern Air Holding Company and Chairman of China Southern Airlines, particularly highlighted how the airline with the new route targets transfer traffic between the UK and Australia and New Zealand: “From a sheer geography standpoint, Guangzhou is the most logical transit point with the shortest transit distance.” He added: “China Southern Airlines is also looking at route expansion into South America, Africa and other emerging markets to expand our hub network. The broader vision of China Southern Airlines’ Canton Route is to build Guangzhou as a global comprehensive long-haul aviation hub.”