President Xi Jinping and former British Prime Minister David Cameron at the official launch event in 2016. Photo credit: Hainan Airlines
Chinese exports are booming in Manchester. In just one year, the Hainan Airlines route between Manchester City airport and Beijing has provided £200 million in tourism, as reported by Manchester Evening News. The airline has also carried over 90,000 customers.
Of the sum, £138 million was spent on retail, twice as much as was spent in 2016. But it's not only retailers that are celebrating a boost, universities have also reported twice the national average choosing Manchester as their study location of choice.
The property market is bound to follow, with inquiries to agents also doubled since the new airline route was launched last year.
Speaking to Manchester Evening News, Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, said: “In just one year the Hainan route has brought such significant rewards to the Northern Powerhouse that I feel there is a real appetite in exploring launching airline routes from Manchester to other regions in China.
“As we head to Shanghai we will look to build on the flourishing commercial relationship that the UK and China have established, bringing with us Northern businesses which demonstrate the strengths and opportunities in the region.”