NAIROBI– China Southern Airlines has announced the launch of a new service between Nairobi and the southern Chinese megacity of Guangzhou in a move expected to increase the volume of trade and cultural interactions between the two countries, airline officials say.
The airline, the biggest airline by passengers and revenue in China and Asia, currently has two scheduled weekly flights between the two cities, departing on Monday and Friday, Wu Weijun, the general manager of China Southern Airlines, told journalists in Nairobi Tuesday.
“Starting July 9, we shall introduce a third weekly direct flight from Nairobi to Guangzhou,” said Wu, who added that Nairobi was the airline’s hub for Africa, benefiting from Kenya Airways’ extensive network across the continent.
“With the launch of Guangzhou-Nairobi direct flights in 2015, we have so far transported 120,000 passengers. We are proud of building a bridge between Africa and China,” said Wu.
He said the airline had 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 an 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, said Wu.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK