Air China has announced that it will connect the cities of Beijing and Copenhagen four days per week starting on May 30. The route will be Air China’s second to Scandinavia, after its route to Stockholm. Travelers from both Denmark and Sweden will be granted 144 hours of visa-free stay in Beijing when connecting to a third country.
“Air China will begin non-stop flights between Beijing and Copenhagen from May 30, 2018. Once the new route launches, passengers will be able to arrive comfortably in Andersen’s dreamlike fairy tale Kingdom in 10 hours,” read a press release.
The Beijing-Copenhagen route is represented by flight numbers CA877/8. The outbound flight departs Beijing at 2:55 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. It arrives in Copenhagen at 6:45. The return flight departs Copenhagen 13:15 and lands in Beijing at 4:10 (+1 day). The route will be operated using the Airbus A330-200.
Beijing and Denmark are trade partners that are becoming increasingly important to each other. This new service will make trade and business travel more convenient for citizens of both countries.
“So it’s really great news that from 30 May Air China will be operating four weekly flights between Beijing and Copenhagen,” said Thomas Woldbye, Copenhagen Airport’s CEO. “With Air China, the tourists and business travelers will have even more options. Our experience is that greater choice increases the number of travelers, so we expect an increase in the number of Chinese visitors to Denmark.”
“Increased connectivity is crucial for strengthening tourism and business development in Greater Copenhagen,” says Mikkel Aarø-Hansen, CEO of Wonderful Copenhagen, which manages the general route development programme Global Connected.
Air China currently offers the largest selection of routes between China and Europe. The service to Copenhagen will bring the total number of routes to 27. Air China offers over 300 weekly flights to destinations such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Rome, Moscow, Barcelona, Madrid, Zurich, and Stockholm.
Copenhagen is the capital of and largest city in Denmark. An increasing number of Chinese tourists are visiting the country every year; 260,000 traveled to Denmark in 2017, of which 110,000 went through Copenhagen Airport.
“Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and is filled with fairy-tale innocence and lively, idyllic charm. Following the official start of the ‘China-Denmark Year of Tourism,’ Chinese tourists are becoming increasingly excited about traveling to Denmark,” Air China said in its press release.
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