New Flight From Shenzhen, China to Dublin
The inaugural Hainan Airlines flight from Shenzhen, in south-eastern China, to Dublin landed in Ireland earlier today (February 25).
This is the second service from Mainland China to Ireland – with Hainan already operating a service from Beijing since last year. According to Irish marketing body Tourism Ireland, the new route will help to significantly boost tourism from China.
Hainan Airlines will operate two flights per week between Shenzhen and Dublin. Meanwhile, Tourism Ireland will partner with the company this spring to drive demand for the new service. Activity will include Ireland ads running on popular social platforms, as well as on the Hainan Airlines website, around St Patrick’s Day.
James Kenny, Tourism Ireland’s Manager in China, said in a statement: “The new Hainan Airlines service from Shenzhen to Dublin is really good news for Irish tourism in 2019, as we continue the roll-out of our market diversification strategy. As an island destination, we know the importance of direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated.”
“There’s a proven correlation between access and growth in visitors. This new flight will be an important factor in growing numbers from China. We look forward to working closely with Hainan Airlines, Dublin Airport Authority and other tourism interests, to maximise the promotion of this new service to Dublin.”
According to Tourism Ireland, China is an important emerging travel market and one that the marketing body is committed to growing over the coming years. A key message for Tourism Ireland in China is the British-Irish Visa Scheme, which enables Chinese travellers to visit both Ireland and the UK on a single visa of either country.
Meanwhile in May, Tourism Ireland will undertake their 2019 sales mission to China – where they will meet with top Chinese travel agents and tour operators in the key cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou.