China Southern flies to Pyongyang

China Southern Airlines, has expanded its route network with a new service to Pyongyang, North Korea. China Southern Airline’s Henan Branch will operating this new service operating Monday, Wednesday and Friday using either a Boeing 737-300 or Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

According to unofficial statistics, 240,000 Chinese visited the Democratic People’s Republicof Koreain 2005.

The flight schedule is as follows:

Flight Number Destination Frequency Departure. Arrival.

CZ6021 Beijing1,3,5 1305 1535

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CZ6022 Pyongyang1,3,5 1635 1710

China Southern Airlines will be resuming its service to Moscow. The airline’s branch in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in Northwest Chinaannounced that it will use a Boeing 737or 757aircraft from Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang, to Moscowevery Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Return flights will be on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The five-hour flight between Urumqiand Moscowwas suspended in 2003 amid the Asian financial crisis and affected by the epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) that hit China.

Mr. Li Jian, General Manager of China Southern Airlines’ Xinjiang Branch, said that the company will operate four two-way flights on the route every week, making Urumqione of the best choices of transferring stations on international air traffic from Europeto East and Southeast Asian region. Currently, China Southern Airlines operates four air routes between Chinaand Russia, namely Urumqi-Moscow; Urumqi-Novosibirsk; Harbin-Khabarovsk and Harbin-Valdivostok.

Trade volume between Chinaand Russia amounted to $29.1 Billion (USD) in 2005. However, Xinjiang, which borders Russia, only conducted a little more than 1 percent of the trade. The region is eyeing more shares in the trade market by smoothing out traffic barriers.

Finally, China Southern Airlines’ Guangxi Branch will formally launch a new service between Guilinand Macau, using its newly-delivered Boeing 737-800, with daily service except Sunday.
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