China Northwest Airlines, one of the six major airlines of China, today commenced the first non-stop direct scheduled flight from Lanzhou to Hong Kong.
The airline will operate an A320 service weekly on Saturday between Lanzhou Zhongchun Airport and Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).
The capital of Gansu Province in Western China - Lanzhou was an important post along the Silk Road, the ancient overland trade route that began in Xian, Shaanxi Province, and headed westwards through Lanzhou, Jiayuguan and Dunhuang, the ancient city famed for its Buddhist cave paintings.
Situated in the central part of Gansu, Lanzhou is an industrial city as well as the gateway to northwestern China.
The airline is also operating daily flights from Hong Kong to Xian, home to the famous Terracotta Army of Warriors and Horses.
Airport Authority Chief Executive Officer Dr David J Pang welcomed the launch of the Lanzhou service to Hong Kong International Airport. “With its well-developed domestic network in the northwest region, the airline`s new service will boost connections between Hong Kong and that part of the country,” Dr Pang said.
“The historical and cultural attractions of the region draw millions of visitors from around the world, and we`re pleased HKIA can offer efficient, direct connections for local and overseas passengers,”