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First direct flights from Ireland to China start in June

Hainan Airlines will operate from Dublin to Beijing while Cathay Pacific will connect Hong Kong with the Irish capital.

The first direct flights from Ireland to China will begin in June.

Hainan Airlines will operate from Dublin to Beijing while Cathay Pacific will connect Hong Kong with the Irish capital.

Eight direct flights will link the countries each week.

Niall Gibbons, chief executive officer of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is excellent news for Irish tourism in 2018 and beyond.”

He added: “As an island destination, we know the importance of direct, non-stop flights cannot be overstated; there’s a proven direct correlation between access and growth in visitor numbers, so this new flight will be a major game-changer in growing visitor numbers from China.

“China is an important emerging travel market and one that Tourism Ireland is committed to growing over the coming years.”

Chinese travellers can visit the UK and Ireland on a single visa from either country.

Tourism Ireland estimates that approximately 70,000 visited the island of Ireland in 2017.

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