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Heathrow set to add new China destination

Heathrow Terminal 2

Beijing Capital Airlines’ new route between Heathrow and Qingdao in China is set to start at the end of October.

The route, which was first announced in April, had originally been due to launch this summer but will now start on October 30, according to aviation data website Airlineroute.
 
Beijing Capital Airlines, which is owned by Hainan Airlines Group, will operate Heathrow-Qingdao twice per week using Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

The airline has around 200 routes including 45 international destinations. It launched Hangzhou-Beijing-Lisbon and Beijing-Macau routes in July, and also already flies from Chengdu to Madrid and Qingdao to Moscow Sheremetyevo.

Qingdao is a port city on China’s east coast, about 350 miles north of Shanghai, and is best known as being the home of Tsingtao beer and legendary philosopher and writer Confucius.

The new route will be Heathrow’s fourth to mainland China – the airport already has flights to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

British Airways dropped its Heathrow-Chendgu route earlier this year because the flights were “not commercially viable”.

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