The arrival of China Southern Airlines’ inaugural service to Frankfurt from Guangzhou via Changsha was celebrated at the German airport by the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony. Preparing for the big snip are: Michael Müller, Executive Board Member, Fraport; Dr. Stefan Schulte, CEO, Fraport; Mr. Tan, CEO, China Southern Airlines; Mr. Zhang, Vice Governor Hunan Province; Mr. Liang, Consol General, PR China.
- China Southern Airlines on 24 June began a new thrice-weekly service from Guangzhou (CAN) to Frankfurt (FRA) via Changsha (CSX). The route will be served by the SkyTeam carrier’s A330-200s and will face no direct competition. Frankfurt becomes the airline’s sixth destination in Europe after Amsterdam, Istanbul, London, Moscow and Paris. Fraport AG’s executive board chairman Dr. Stefan Schulte commented about the latest arrival, “Today’s arrival of China Southern Airlines means Frankfurt Airport is also being served by China’s largest carrier now. The new connection underscores the attractiveness and importance of the Frankfurt hub – thus confirming the demand for our forward-looking capacity expansion implemented at Germany’s largest airport. With the addition of Guangzhou and Changsha in its global route network, Frankfurt Airport can offer passengers a choice of two new passenger destinations via Germany. We wish China Southern Airlines ‘always Happy Landings!’” For more details on the airline's meteoric rise see this week's airline profile. See how Frankfurt Airport’s fire truck water arch compares to others from around the world.