New deal boosts the number of flights allowed between the UK and China by 50%

On 10 December, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling unveiled a landmark agreement for a 50% boost in the number of flights allowed between the UK and China. This new deal allows for a huge expansion in routes from regional airports – potentially boosting local economies by hundreds of millions of pounds by opening up new business and tourism opportunities.

Richard Graham MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary China Group, issued the followed statement:

“For some time the number of flights between China and the UK haven’t reflected the huge increase in Chinese students studying here, or trade and investment both ways, let alone the growing numbers of tourists.

“So the 50% increase in the numbers of flights – and not just to London either – will make a difference to access, people-to-people relations and overall growth. Direct flights have already started to Qingdao, home of China’s oldest and best known beer, and there are many more destinations that can now be reached without transit in Beijing or Hong Kong, the leading gateways.

It’s all part of a growing relationship, and this is only the start.”

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