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Wuhan steps up to be China's new aviation hub

Source: hubei.gov.cn 04/07/2015 04:04:39

From 2014 to the beginning of 2015, new air flights were constantly announced to open in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province. It showed that Wuhan stepped up to be China’s next international air hub.

1. New Wuhan-South Africa air freight route opens

China Southern Airlines opened a new air freight route between South Africa and Wuhan, capital city of central China’s Hubei Province on April 4th, 2015, local media said.

The cargoes from Wuhan to South Africa used to be flown to Dubai first, then transferred to Johannesburg. But now, the cargoes are directly transported to Mauritius, passing by Shenzhen, a city in southern China, then fly to Johannesburg. The latter route will contribute to a cheaper transportation charge of 5 yuan per kilo, which means, Wuhan customers could buy South African wine with 80 per cent of the original price in future. >>more

2. Wuhan-Macao direct flights increase

Macao

China Southern Airlines officially opened direct flights between Macao and Wuhan, capital city of central China’s Hubei Province on April 3rd, 2015.

It was introduced that the flight number of Wuhan-Macao-Wuhan was CZ8305/6 which would take off from Wuhan on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays’ 19:25, and arrive in Macao at 21:10, return from Macao at 22:00 and arrive in Wuhan at 23:45. >>more

3. Direct flight between Wuhan and Australia to be launched

Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, has developed itself into the largest aviation hub in central China, with 31 international and regional passenger air routes setting out from the city.

At present, Wuhan has established an international direct flight network that links to Bali, Maldives, Osaka, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, etc. in Asia, Moscow and Paris in Europe, and San Francisco in America. >>more

4. Wuhan-San Francisco direct flight launched

A regular direct air route between Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, and San Francisco was launched on Dec. 16 by China Southern Airlines, marking the first direct flight linking central China with the west coast of the United States.

It is the third intercontinental direct route opened in Wuhan, following that linking Wuhan with Paris, France and Moscow, Russia. The route brings the total number of international and regional passenger air routes setting out from Wuhan to 31. >>more

5. Direct flight to link Wuhan with Phuket

beautiful scenery of Phuket Island 

A Wuhan-Phuket air route is to be launched by Hubei branch of China Southern Airlines on December 19, marking the first direct flight linking central China’s Hubei province with Phuket, Thailand.

The air route, operated by Airbus A320 aircraft, will fly every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The journey from Wuhan to Phuket will be reduced to 4.5 hours, setting out from Wuhan at 1:40 a.m. Beijing time, and arriving in Phuket at 6:10 a.m. Beijing time. The return journey will take 4 hours, departing Phuket at 7:10 a.m. Beijing time and arriving in Wuhan at 11:10 a.m. Beijing time. >>more

6. Wuhan-Nagoya flight launched

Nagoya Castle in Nagoya, central Japan 

An airline between Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, and Nagoya, Japan, is officially launched on Dec. 26, 2014, making the 3rd air route linking Wuhan with Japan launched by Wuhan branch of China Eastern Airlines.

The flight, which will run seven days per week deploying Boeing 737-800 aircraft, is scheduled to set out from Wuhan at 2:50 p.m. local time, reach Pudong International Airport in Shanghai at 4:15 p.m. local time and arrive in Nagoya at 8:35 p.m. local time. The entire trip from Wuhan to Nagoya takes 4 hours and 45 minutes. The Wuhan-Nagoya flight offers one-ticket and through baggage services. >>more

7. Korean Air to add flights between Wuhan and Seoul in 2015

Korean Air is to increase flights between Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, and Seoul, capital of South Korea, to one for each day in 2015, according to a conference held in Wuhan on September 25.

At present, 5 shifts of flights fly round trips between Wuhan and Seoul on every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The number of flights is planned to be increased to one for each day. By then, 195 major cities around the world will be accessible to passengers setting out from Wuhan through Incheon Airport of Seoul. >>more

8. Wuhan-Moscow direct flight launched

A direct air route linking Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, with Moscow, capital of Russia, was officially launched by China Southern Airlines on July 30.

It was the first direct flight linking central China with Russia. So far, the number of international and regional passenger air routes setting out from Wuhan reached 30.

It was reported that passengers from 38 countries and regions as Australia, South Korea, Thailand and Russia boarded the maiden flight. Doney, a Moscow passenger, said that he got a good impression of Wuhan, and planned to come back this autumn by the direct flight. >>more

9. Direct flight to link Wuhan with Moscow

Moscow, Russia

A direct air route between Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, and Moscow, capital of Russia, is expected to be launched on July 30, 2014, the Hubei Airports Group Company told reporters.

The Airbus A330-200 aircraft, operated by China Southern Airlines, flies every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The trip cut the travel time to 9 hours, saving at least 11 hours for local residents who previously had to travel via other cities to reach Moscow. The lowest price is 3,500 Yuan (US$565) >>more

10. Direct flight linking Wuhan with Osaka opens

The direct air route between Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, and the western Japanese commercial city Osaka was launched on July 18 by Spring Airlines, one of China’s major low-cost private carriers.

It was the first direct flight linking central China with Japan.

As known, the Wuhan-Osaka direct flight will fly the route every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The journey takes 3 hours, halving the shortest time required previously. >>more

11. Wuhan-Maldives direct flight opens

Maldives

The direct flight between Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei province, and Male, capital of the Maldives, officially opened on July 3, local media reported.

The maiden flight from Wuhan to Maldives took off at 8 a.m. this morning via a wide-body Airbus A320, making Wuhan the first city in central China to open a direct air route with the Maldives.

As introduced, there will be one flight a week taking off every Thursday from Wuhan Tianhe Airport. The Airbus A320 will depart from Wuhan at 8:00 a.m. local time and arrive in Male at 2:10 p.m. local time, with the return flight departing from Male at 0:50 a.m. local time and arriving in Wuhan at 11:55 a.m. local time. The whole journey lasts only seven hours.>>more

12. New Wuhan-Seoul direct flight to be opened in late March  

Seoul

The direct flight between Wuhan, capital city of central China’s Hubei Province, and Seoul, capital of South Korea will be opened by China Southern Airlines on Mar 31.

Till then, Wuhan passengers could fly to Seoul every day.

According to Southern Airlines’ plan, this direct flight will depature from Wuhan at 8:30 am, arrive in Seoul at 12:00 am local time, and fly back at 1:00 pm, arrive in Wuhan at 2:30 pm local time. Becouse of time difference, the actual flight time is 2.5 hours.

This flight is available at Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Wuhan people can fly to Seoul every day matching with the flights provided by the Korean Air.>>more

(hubei.gov.cn by Ruan Xinqi)