Beijing Capital Airlines Launching Vancouver Flights in December

Beijing Capital Airlines, a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines, will begin flying to Vancouver at the end of December from its base in Hangzhou. Vancouver will become the first destination in North America for the Chinese carrier. 

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Flights will be operated three times each week utilising an Airbus A330. The aircraft will be configured for 222 passengers with 36 seats in Business Class and 186 seats in Economy. The new flights between Vancouver and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport will travel via Qingdao.

According to Craig Richmond, President & CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority, YVR is now being served by a record number of Chinese mainland carriers. "We are thrilled Beijing Capital Airlines has chosen YVR as its first entry point into North America," said Richmond. "Beijing Capital Airlines is the sixth airline to serve YVR from mainland China - two more than any other airport in North America or Europe."

Richmond added that the addition of the new route re-affirms Vancouver International Airport's position as a connecting hub to the Asia-Pacific region. In addition, it highlights the airport's competitiveness in attracting new carriers.

The new flights are expected to operate every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Beijing Capital Airlines currently has bases in Beijing, Hangzhou, and Xi'an. Hangzhou is the capital of the Chinese province of Zhejiang. The city is home to more than nine million people. Meanwhile, Qingdao is also a city of more than nine million people, located in northeast China.

The new service between China and British Columbia is expected to bolster tourism and trade between the three cities. Other cities in BC also stand to benefit as more Chinese tourists visit other popular destinations including Victoria, Whistler, and Tofino.

Beijing Capital Airlines becomes Vancouver International Airport's second new airline of 2016 and the twelfth new route launched this year. The new route is expected to add 123 jobs in the province and bring in an estimated $6.2 million in GDP to BC.


Darryl Wilson

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