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Hainan Airlines resumes direct flights between Vienna and Shenzhen

By Vaseline May30,2024

A boost for tourism and business

The resumption of this route marks a positive step for tourism and business relations between China and Austria. Zhuo Zhang, General Manager Austria of Hainan Airlines, Ernst Woller, first President of the Vienna State Parliament, and Julian Jäger, Joint CEO and COO of Vienna Airport, celebrated the event with a formal inauguration and photo session at Vienna Airport.

Improving international connectivity

“Welcome back, Hainan Airlines! We are pleased that one of the most important Chinese airlines has resumed direct flights between Vienna and Shenzhen. China is an important market for Vienna Airport and for the entire business and tourism location of Austria,” according to Julian Jäger. He emphasized the importance of this route in strengthening Vienna’s position as an international hub.

Strengthening economic and cultural ties

Ernst Woller highlighted the broader implications of the route’s resumption: “Hainan Airlines brings Vienna and Shenzhen closer together. This strengthens our economic ties as well as the cultural exchange and tourism of both regions.” The cities recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote international cooperation in the field of digitalization and sustainability.

Catering for high value travelers

Norbert Kettner, CEO of the Vienna Tourist Board, noted that the revival of flights from China supports efforts to attract Chinese luxury travelers. “Before the pandemic, three-quarters of Chinese guests stayed in four- and five-star hotels in Vienna. Our marketing activities in China now focus on the luxury segment with high added value.”

Schedule for direct flights

From May 29, 2024, Hainan Airlines will operate flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The flight departs Shenzhen at 2:05 AM and arrives in Vienna at 7:55 AM. The return flight departs Vienna at 11am and lands in Shenzhen at 4am the next day. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner offers 294 seats in both Business and Economy class.

A modern metropolis: Shenzhen

Shenzhen, a city of approximately 17 million people, is known for its rapid economic growth and status as a leading technology center. It houses the headquarters of top multinationals such as Siemens, Huawei and Microsoft. As one of China’s first special economic zones, Shenzhen has developed into a vibrant megacity with impressive skyscrapers, innovative startups and a dynamic cultural life.

About Hainan Airlines

Hainan Airlines was founded 31 years ago and operates more than 1,800 international and regional routes to more than 200 cities around the world. It has received a 5-Star Airlines Rating for twelve consecutive years since 2011. Hainan Airlines’ extensive network allows passengers traveling from Vienna to connect to numerous destinations throughout China.

Visit the Hainan Airlines website for more information and bookings.

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