Chinese airline to introduce direct Guangzhou-Nairobi flight

 Wednesday, May 30, 2018 


FILE PHOTO - View of the first Airbus A380 delivered to China Southern Airlines during a ceremony at the Airbus Delivery Center in Colomiers near Toulouse October 14, 2011.      REUTERS/Jean-Philippe Arles/File PhotoChina Southern Airlines has recently declared the launch of a new flight between Nairobi and the Chinese city of Guangzhou in a move aimed to raise volume of trade and cultural interactions among the two countries, airline officials said in Nairobi on Tuesday.


The airline at present has scheduled two weekly flights between the two cities, departing on Monday and Friday, Wu Weijun, the general manager of China Southern Airlines, told journalists in Nairobi.


Starting July 9, Wu said that they are planning to introduce a third weekly direct flight from Nairobi to Guangzhou.


He said Nairobi acts as the airline’s hub for Africa, benefiting from Kenya Airways’ extensive network across Africa.


And he also went on to state that with the launch of Guangzhou Nairobi direct flight in 2015, they had so far transported 120,000 passengers. They are proud of building a flyover between Africa and China, said Wu.


He said the airline has partnered with Kenya Airways to ensure that most passengers from across Africa have a smooth connection to China Southern Airlines by first coming to Kenya.


The airline also has extensive network across Southern Asia, enabling passengers from Africa whose destination is not China to get seamless connections across the region.


Increased flights between Africa and China is an indication of growing trade and cultural exchanges between the two, with Nairobi emerging as the connecting hub for China and Africa, mentioned Wu.


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