Efforts are growing to launch direct flights between Edinburgh and China. Photo credit - Pixabay
Why Edinburgh/Helsinki flight is good News for China/Scotland links.
On the face of it, a flight between Edinburgh in Scotland and Helsinki in Finland doesn’t look like it has much to do with China.
However, Finnair’s route, which has just been extended to run all year round, is one of the most popular ways for travellers to connect between China and Scotland.
Indeed, Finnair makes a point of marketing the flight as being a convenient way to connect between Europe and Asia, given the Northerly geographic routing.
At the same time, efforts are growing to launch direct flights between Edinburgh and China.
This is because it is hoped that a direct route could help to further blossom cultural and economic relations, which are already at an all time high.
Edinburgh is by no means the only airport in the United Kingdom which is seeking direct China flights.
Last week, we reported that London's Stansted airport has its eyes set on a link to China after a busy year.
The airport, which lies to the North of London in Essex, welcomed 25.9 million passengers in 2017, an increase of 1.57 million passengers and 6.5% over the previous 12 months.
It enjoyed a significant addition of new routes over the period, culminating in the news that Emirates will open a new direct service to Dubai in June 2018.
Transatlantic services will recommence during 2018, with Primera Air launching to a series of destinations in North America.
One significant omission from Stansted's list of flights is any destination in China.
The airport has made no secret of their plans to fix that soon.
CEO Ken O'Toole said:
''These great successes are just the start, not the end, of our long-haul ambitions with more routes to the USA and new services to China and India key targets for us.''