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CZ jumps on World Cup wagon, re-opening routes/increasing frequency to Russia out of URC

Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:09 am

http://i.carnoc.com/detail/449817

In the wake of 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament, China Southern has lately re-opened routes to Russia from its northwestern hub Urumqi, as well as increasing frequency on existing flights, in order to facilitate access of Chinese football fans to the global sporting event, according to the Chinese report

URC-SVO has increased to daily, with Flights CZ8491/2 on every Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, and Flights CZ6001/2 on every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

URC-LED has opened again, available during June 2-Oct 9 on every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday with Flights CZ6035/6

URC-OVB is also resumed, with Flights CZ6003/4 on every Thursday, Sunday


Clearly, CZ is taking full advantage of its hub of URC, as Urumqi—capital of northwestern Xinjiang Autonomous Region—is the nearest to Russia's European part, of all the big Chinese cities

Also given the base and absolute numbers of football fans in China, many ppl should be attracted to board those flights via URC for the World Cup at the competitive airfares CZ offers

A big pity still: 2018 World Cup won’t feature Chinese players on any football field as Team China failed as usual to qualify (God knows when they would), turning away potentially big crowds of Chinese fans who might otherwise fly to Russia to enjoy the tournament
 
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Re: CZ jumps on World Cup wagon, re-opening routes/increasing frequency to Russia out of URC

Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:22 pm

Don't think the lack of China's participation will deter soccer fans in China. Even if the team made it, it would be out for sure after the first three games. The chance of it getting pass that would be negative. Soccer fans of China watch European matches a lot so they will probably go there to watch Spain, Portugal, Germany, etc.
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