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New Route of the Day (24 June 2024): Hainan Airlines between Beijing PEK and Prague

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Hainan Airlines inaugurated flights between Beijing PEK and Prague on Monday 24 June, marking its return to the Czech market after four years. The 7,480-kilometre service will be maintained 3-weekly, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with the 293-seat A330-300 aircraft. The carrier is the sole operator between the two capitals.

Flight HU7937 is wheels up from Beijing PEK at 02:50 local time, arriving in Prague at 06:45 local time. The return service, operating as HU7938, takes off from the Czech capital at 14:00 local time, arriving back in China at 05:20 local time the following morning.

What they said

Jichum Liu, International Marketing Director at Hainan Airlines, said: “The service to Prague which was renewed today is our company’s eleventh route to Europe. As a result, we have restored the number of destinations we had on the continent prior to the pandemic. Hainan Airlines will continue to provide high-quality service and will try to offer travellers, whether from China or the Czech Republic, the fastest, most efficient and best experience and service.”

Jiri Pos, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Prague Airport, noted: “I am pleased that after long negotiations we managed to resume direct flights to China. The renewal of long-haul services is our long-term priority, and Asia represents a very important source market. While more than 1,700,000 tourists from Asia arrived in the Czech Republic in 2019, last year it stood at 776,000. I firmly believe that the renewal of nonstop flight to Beijing will be the right stimulus for the further development of inbound tourism from China. The connection to Beijing will also be a great opportunity for Czech tourists not only to get to know the Chinese metropolis, but thanks to connecting flights, also the whole of China and Asia.”

Prague Airport now linked to three destinations in Far East Asia

Hainan Airlines joins China Airlines and Korean Air in maintaining flights between the Czech capital and Far East Asia.

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China Airlines currently operates 2-weekly flights between Prague and Taipei, while Korean Air maintains a 4-weekly service from Seoul ICN. Jointly, the trio maintain 9-weekly flights from Prague, offering a combined total of 2,567 weekly seats in each direction.

Out of the three, Korean Air has the most weekly capacity from Prague at 1,076, followed by Hainan Airlines with 879 seats and China Airlines with 612 seats.

A total of 21,500 tourists from China visited the Czech Republic during the first quarter of this year, compared to almost 90.000 for the whole of last year. For comparison – in 2019, 610,000 Chinese travellers visited the country.

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