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South African Airways To Open Guangzhou To Johannesburg Route In September



South African Airways (SAA) recently announced that it will officially open a direct flight from Guangzhou, China to Johannesburg on September 18, 2019. It will provide more convenient services for outbound travel and business travellers to South Africa, with flight time reduced to 13 hours and 40 minutes. Further increase the exchanges between China and South Africa. By then, China, especially tourists in southern China, can choose to start from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and start a wonderful trip to South Africa. African passengers have direct access to Guangzhou, a Chinese city known for its manufacturing exports.

The launch of the new direct flight route is not only another important strategic deployment of South African Airways to expand its own route network, but also one of the important measures to attract Chinese tourists to South Africa. As one of the world-famous tourist countries of the African continent, South Africa has a rich and diverse tourism resources, as well as a prestigious national park and quality scenic spots. In recent years, the number of Chinese tourists in South Africa has been rising. In the year of 2018, 97,136 Chinese tourists were welcomed. In the second half of 2018, Chinese tourists visiting South Africa increased by 8% year-on-year. In January 2019, they increased by 22%. %. In addition, the Chinese source market has also contributed positively to South Africa’s economic development, and China has become one of South Africa’s major sources of tourism. With the increase in the number of nights between Chinese tourists and the continuous increase in daily consumption, the consumption of Chinese tourists in South Africa increased by 69% in 2018.

South Africa has actively added a Chinese Visa Center to provide more convenience for Chinese tourists. Currently, it has opened visa centers in 11 cities in China, namely Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an, Shenyang, Wuhan, Jinan, Hangzhou, Kunming and Chongqing. You can choose the Visa Application Center to apply.

Mr. Mansoor Mohamed, Chief Representative of the South African Tourism Board for Asia and the Pacific, said: “Professional policies and direct flights are the two main points of work for attracting more Chinese tourists to South Africa. To this end, the South African Tourism Board will continue to deepen its partnership with South African Airways. I firmly believe that the South African direct flight route will make Guangzhou an international metropolis an important aviation hub connecting southern China and even Asia and South Africa. Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong Province and also follows Beijing. The third largest city in China after Shanghai. The market in Guangzhou and southern China is very important for us. The tourists from Guangdong Province, a big province in the outbound province, also have great enthusiasm for South Africa. Thanks to more visa simplification policies and aviation convenience, South Africa is expected to welcome more Chinese tourists in the future!”

The Guangzhou route will meet the needs of a large number of passengers between Johannesburg and China, including business and corporate travellers, as well as attracting interest from freight traders. Considering that many high-value goods come from Guangzhou, the future cargo business can make full use of the capacity of this route.

South African Airways will be the only airline that operates direct flights between Johannesburg and Guangzhou. The direct flight time is approximately 13 hours and 40 minutes, making it the shortest way to travel between the two stations. Future daily flights to and from the Greater China region will consist of three flights a week between Guangzhou and four flights a week to and from Hong Kong. The two routes will be Airbus A340-300.

According to the flight schedule, flights departing from Guangzhou arrive in Johannesburg in the morning and are seamlessly connected to the SAA regional flight network, so that passengers can stay in Johannesburg for no more than three hours. After arriving in Guangzhou in the afternoon, the flight can transfer to more than 20 destinations in China, including one to three hours to Shanghai, Beijing, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Nanning, Kunming, Haikou, Qingdao, Nanchang, Wuhan and Chengdu.

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Emirates Restores Passenger Services To 7 More Cities, Allow Transit Between 48 Cities



Emirates Boeing 777-300er
According to a statement from the Dubai Tourism Board, from July 7, Dubai will allow foreign tourists to enter, and foreign residents holding a Dubai residence visa will be able to enter the country today.
Emirates will be offering scheduled flights for passengers from seven additional cities in the month of July. This will add the total number of destinations that Emirates is offering to 48.

According to Emirates, from July 15, the Emirates A380 will return to the sky and fly to London Heathrow Airport and Paris. No airline in the world is as closely linked to the A380 as Emirates. Before the outbreak, Emirates operated 8 A380 flights daily on the Dubai-London Heathrow route alone.

Other airlines only operate a few A380s, but Emirates’ A380 fleet exceeds 100. In January of this year, Emirates was operating a total of 123 A380s.

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from 03 July
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Osakafrom 07 July
Naritafrom 08 July
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Romefrom 15 July

Emirates will be offering scheduled flights for passengers from the above seven additional cities in the month of July.

Passengers can now transit from Emirates’ network of 48 destinations through Dubai airport following the announcement that the city will be open for business and leisure visitors from 07 July, with new air travel protocols that facilitate travel for UAE citizens, residents and tourists while safeguarding the health and safety of visitors and communities.

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Delta Air Lines Returns To Shanghai On June 25, First U.S. Airline Resume Flights To China



Delta A350 Take Off In Toulouse
Delta Air Lines announced today that it will resume the Seattle-Shanghai Pudong route on June 25, the route will have a stopover at Seoul Incheon Airport and the route is operated twice a week.
From July onwards, Delta Air Lines will resume the Seattle-Shanghai Pudong and Detroit-Shanghai Pudong routes, which will also have a stopover at Incheon Airport and each route is to be operated once a week.
Since the suspension of Sino-US routes caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in February this year, Delta Air Lines is the first American airline to resume Sino-US routes.
At present, several Chinese airlines have announced flight schedules to the United States for July, including Air China’s route between Beijing and Los Angeles, China Southern Airlines’ route between Guangzhou and Los Angeles, and China Eastern Airlines’ Shanghai-New York route etc.

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Shanghai neon city, Nanjing Road

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in China at the end of January, Delta Air Lines announced on January 31 that it will suspend all scheduled passenger flights to China. The flight suspension was extended at the end of April and it has continued till this day. However, as China’s domestic pandemic situation is controlled, the market demand for flights from the United States to China has increased significantly. The situation coincided with the China Civil Aviation Administration’s targeted strict restrictions imposed on the Sino-US routes as an effort to cooperate with the overall national pandemic prevention strategy.

Delta Cargo Flights To Asia
Delta Cargo Flights To Asia, Image by James Jones

After several rounds of “confrontation” between the relevant departments of the two countries, the current weekly flight volume is set at the scale of four flights each week between China and the United States, and American airlines have finally been approved to reopen Chinese routes.

According to the press statement released by Delta Air Lines, the Shanghai-Seattle route will be operated by the Airbus A350-900 aircraft, and Delta Air Lines is committed to providing clean and safe travel services for passengers.

“We are excited to resume our services between the U.S. and China, as economic and social activities start to recover, with a mission to connect the world, Delta is committed to getting our customers to their destinations safely and confidently, especially at this critical time. We are implementing unprecedented health and safety measures and practices, so customers are assured of ease and safety at all points of their journey.”

Wong Hong, Delta’s President – Greater China and Singapore

Delta Air Lines schedule for June, July and beyond:
RouteFlightDepartureArrivalOperating DaysFleet
SEA-ICN-PVG28723:304:45June 25-26 A350
PVG-ICN-SEA2889:157:15June 27-28 A350

Passenger service (June 25 – 30)
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Passenger service (July 1 – Oct. 24)
*Note: Transitions to A330-900 starting August 1.

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Passenger service (July 1 – Oct. 24)

In addition to Delta Air Lines, another U.S. carrier, United Airlines, has also been approved to resume scheduled passenger flights in China, and it should soon announce its latest related flight plans.

On June 19, the US Department of Transportation rejected China’s application for further increase in the number of weekly flights and insisted on maintaining the current plan for 4 flights each.

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