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Hainan Airline mulls new Dublin to China route

By John Mulligan

The first ever direct air route between Dublin and China is on the cards, with Hainan Airlines closely examining the potential for a service.

The company is part of the huge Chinese conglomerate HNA, a Fortune 500 company whose activities stretch from aviation and hotels to shipping and technology.

In Dublin yesterday, HNA chief operating officer William Zhang confirmed that a service from Dublin to China was under serious consideration.

Hainan Airlines has just launched a route between Manchester and Beijing.

Mr Zhang said that Dublin was being analysed to see if sufficient demand existed for a route to China.

Irish government agencies such as the IDA, Enterprise Ireland and Tourism Ireland have been pushing for a direct route to China for a number of years.

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