China Southern Airlines has announced to start flights between Kunming and Islamabad from mid of 2018.
This was shared in a meeting of the Airline’s Executives with Pakistan’s Consul General to Chengdu, Muhammad Mudassir Tipu.
The delegation of the airlines including Hu Yaohui, Director International Marketing, Ma Yun Deputy Manager and airline’s staff.met the CG in Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, on Tuesday.
“Given the depth and breadth of China-Pakistan relations, Pakistan’s strategic location, it’s tourism potential, as well as Pakistan’s economic growth the China Southern has planned to start three-day-a-week flights from June this year” Hu Yaohui said in the meeting.
The flight will fly on Guangzhou-Kunming-Islamabad route. The Kunming-Islamabad route’s flight time will be nearly four hours while the return flight will take five hours.
He added that with the commencement of this flight trade, economic, commercial, and tourism ties will expand between China and Pakistan and the broader region. He hoped that passengers would be able to transit from Islamabad to other Middle Eastern countries via this flight. The China Southern has approached the Chinese government to authorize start of the flight, the Director maintained.
The Consul General, Muhammad Mudassir Tipu welcomed the start of the flight and emphasized that it was a clear demonstration that Pakistan’s relations with China were vigorously expanding in a host of areas.
The CG hoped that as a consequence of CPEC and OBOR initiatives, as well as Pakistan’s growth trajectory, wider economic and commercial opportunities will be generated necessitating enhanced connectivity between Pakistan and western China.
The CG underlined that in recent years Pakistan’s tourism industry was significantly flourishing and direct flights
China Southern Airlines operates the largest fleet, most developed route network and largest passenger capacity of any airline in China. The Airline fleet is ranked the first in Asia and the fourth in the world. It operates more than 2000 daily flights to 224 destinations in 40 countries and regions across the world.