Hainan Airline mulls new Dublin to China route
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.