Hainan Airlines Shenzhen to Dublin
Dublin celebrated the launch of Hainan Airlines’ second route to China on 25 February, Shenzhen, adding to its existing Beijing service. Performing the ceremonial ribbon cutting to mark the occasion were: Ryan Zhang, GM Ireland, Hainan Airlines; Yue Xianoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland; and Vincent Harrison, MD, Dublin Airport.
- Hainan Airlines added two European links to its network from Shenzhen (SZX) in the past week, introducing services to Tel Aviv (TLV) on 22 February, followed by the inaugural departure to Dublin (DUB) three days later. The 7,696-kilometre connection to Tel Aviv and the 9,790-kilometre route to Dublin will both be served twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays). The Chinese carrier will deploy its 787-9s on both routes and will be the sole operator on each airport pair. “We are delighted Hainan Airlines is expanding its network from Dublin by adding this second destination to China,” commented Vincent Harrison, MD, Dublin Airport. “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, plus expand the growing number of Chinese visitors to Ireland.” Hainan Airlines already serves Dublin from Beijing, a route that commenced in June 2018 and currently operates twice-weekly, with one outbound and one inbound flight routing via Edinburgh. In the summer season, the Beijing service increases to four times weekly, with two direct and two indirect services in each direction, again operating via Edinburgh. Shenzhen becomes the carrier’s fourth link to Tel Aviv. It already serves the Israeli airport from Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai Pudong.