HKGKaiTak From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1050 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4901 times:
Quoting Supa7E7 (Reply 2): I would think Chongqing or Shenzhen would be tops, with Chengdu coming in a decade or so
Shenzhen? I would imagine it is too close to both CAN and HKG to need any direct flights to Europe.
What about north-eastern China like Harbin?
Let's not forget Chinese tend to return home for business and visit relatives quite a lot, so wherever there's a high overseas Chinese population, there'll probably be demand for a direct flight to China and of course the people's home cities.
HB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4450 posts, RR: 73 Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4724 times:
Lufthansa and Austrian are actively looking for additional destinations in China. I think Xiamen has explicitly been mentioned. I would imagine that other European carriers, for sure AF/KL, are keeping their eyes open as well.
Johnnybgoode From Germany, joined Jan 2001, 2187 posts, RR: 7 Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 4592 times:
i heard Chengdu for LH as well. and some other city. i would not count out direct services to SZX in the future. despite its promixity to both HKG and CAN, the city lies in the Pearl-River-Delta which is probably the fastest economically growing region in the world, with 19% GDP growth p.a.
SZX has got an international airport and serves many cargo airlines. Lufthansa Cargo is involved in a Chinese start-up joint venture called Jade Cargo which will start serving some Asian markets from SZX. the start was pushed back till fall, i think, due to some issues with aircraft ownership IIRC.
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KEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 29 Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4515 times:
I highly doubt that Tianjin is in the high priority list. To get a rough idea what the next Chinese city could, try looking at the cities SQ, MH & MI are flying now (i.e. medium-range sectors) and Tianjin is not one of them.
Quoting ANstar (Reply 6): The ferry from shenzhen to HKIA is under an hour, so I doubt Shenzhen will get direct flights. Does it even have an international airport?
Yes, it's very close, I flew PEK-SZX when I was going to Hong Kong and took the ferry. But the problem is, SZX and Hong Kong are on different "visa zones" and there are customs and immigration in between them. People usually don't like to clear them twice, if there is possibility to do it only once.
Singapore Airlines if flying to both HKG and SZX, by the way. (Yes, it's not a long-haul flight but still.)
Quoting VORFMD (Reply 8): Austrian is looking into Services from Vienna to Chengdu.
This is getting interesting! Maybe the next city in fact will be Chengdu.
Quoting Dalavia (Reply 10): Adding to the list, Urumqi (China) is already linked to Moscow (Europe).
Really? I couldn't find the flight on OAG even though it should include all the airlines. I have to check the Aeroflot timetable I have back home.
Dalavia From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 402 posts, RR: 1 Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4401 times:
According to the website http://travel.airwise.com/schedules/, there is a current (July 2005) bi-weekly flight Urumqi - Moscow (Sheremetyevo) with China Southern Airlines (who took over the China Xinjiang Airlines flight that used to exist). The flight CZ6001 leaves Urumqi every Wednesday and Sunday at 6:55pm, arriving at Sheremetyevo at 7:55pm after a 5 hour non-stop flight. The plane is a 752.
My old OAG from 2002 shows the flight as weekly with China Xinjiang Airlines, flight XO701, also with a 752, but 8:40pm to 20:25pm.
I agree that Shenzhen is the next likely city to get flight to/from Europe. It may be close to CAN and HKG, but it has a major economic life of its own, and average annual growth has exceeded 20% for each of the past 20 years or so.
UpperDeck79 From Finland, joined Feb 2005, 1139 posts, RR: 2 Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4365 times:
Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 15):
Urumqi has no Moscow service, but it does have service to Novosibirsk, in Russia.
And Novosibirsk is in the Asian part of Russia, not in Europe.
Quoting Dalavia (Reply 16): According to the website http://travel.airwise.com/schedules/, there is a current (July 2005) bi-weekly flight Urumqi - Moscow (Sheremetyevo) with China Southern Airlines (who took over the China Xinjiang Airlines flight that used to exist). The flight CZ6001 leaves Urumqi every Wednesday and Sunday at 6:55pm, arriving at Sheremetyevo at 7:55pm after a 5 hour non-stop flight. The plane is a 752.