Ibaraki Airport in Japan welcomed China Southern Airlines’ new twice-weekly service from Shenzhen on 25 July with a welcome banner on the apron, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and flowers.
- China Southern Airlines has expanded its international network from Shenzhen (SZX) with the addition of two new routes to Japan. On 23 July, the SkyTeam member began four times weekly flights on the 2,549 kilometre route to Osaka Kansai (KIX) using its A320s. The route is already served by Shenzhen Airlines with twice-weekly flights. On 25 July another new Japanese route was started to Ibaraki (IBR) near Tokyo with twice-weekly A320 flights. The 2,969-kilometre route is not served by any other carrier. China Southern now serves 60 destinations from Shenzhen of which 51 are to domestic destinations. The airline’s nine international routes from Shenzhen now comprise its two new Japanese routes, three destinations in Thailand, and one each in Indonesia, Mauritius, Taiwan and Vietnam.