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New year-round flights from Vancouver to Shenzhen

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Kenneth Chan Jan 22, 2018 4:14 pm 1,026

Vancouver will have another flight connection to a major Mainland Chinese destination starting this spring.

Hainan Airlines announced Monday it will be commencing a new twice-weekly flight service between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport (SZX) in Shenzhen, located immediately north of Hong Kong.

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The service, scheduled to launch on May 25, 2018, will make one stop at Tianjin Binhai International Airport (TSN) in Tianjin, which is a coastal city southeast of Beijing.

Flights on the route will use an Airbus 330 aircraft with 260 economy class seats and 32 business class seats, with flights departing YVR at 11:30 am and arriving at TSN at 2:15 pm and SZX at 7:45 pm the next day.

With the addition of Hainan Airlines, YVR will be served by a total of eight airlines that fly to Mainland China – not including the three airlines that serve routes to Hong Kong. The route is also the first service to fly between Canada and Shenzhen and Tianjin.

“We are delighted to announce this new service from Shenzhen to Vancouver via Tianjin at the beginning of the China-Canada Tourism Year,” said Jichun Liu, Vice President of Hainan Airlines, in a statement.

“Following our Toronto-Beijing and Calgary-Beijing routes, this new Vancouver service demonstrates Hainan Airlines’ confidence in the China-Canada civil aviation market. The new route will provide passengers with more travel options and convenience. It will also further strengthen the economic, educational and cultural exchanges between the two countries.”

New and improved major YVR routes 2017-18

  • February 5, 2017: Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas – Air Canada to begin daily service.
  • March 28, 2017: Hong Kong, China – Cathay Pacific increases weekly flights from 14 to 17.
  • May 1, 2017: Phoenix, Arizona – Air Canada to begin daily service.
  • May 18, 2017: Denver, Colorado – Air Canada to begin twice daily service.
  • June 1, 2017: Nagoya, Japan – Air Canada to begin seasonal three times weekly service.
  • June 1, 2017: Frankfurt, Germany – Air Canada to begin daily service.
  • June 8, 2017: Taipei, Taiwan – Air Canada to begin daily service.
  • June 8, 2017: London, UK (Gatwick Airport) – Air Canada to begin three times weekly service.
  • June 23, 2017: Boston, Massachusetts – Air Canada to begin daily summer seasonal service.
  • June 30, 2017: Hong Kong, China – Hong Kong Airlines to begin daily non-stop flight service.
  • October 14, 2017: Delhi, India – Air Canada’s service to be upgraded to up to five times weekly.
  • October 26, 2017: Cancun, Mexico – Interjet to begin year-round, non-stop flight service running four times weekly.
  • October 26, 2017: Mexico City, Mexico – Interjet to begin year-round, non-stop flight service running four times weekly.
  • October 29, 2017: Huatulco, Mexico – WestJet to begin weekly non-stop flight service.
  • October 29, 2017: Kona and Kauai, Hawaii – WestJet to start seasonal service earlier than usual.
  • December 1, 2017: Melbourne, Australia – Air Canada to begin four times weekly non-stop seasonal service.
  • December 15, 2017: Yellowknife, Northern Territories – Air Canada to begin daily non-stop service.
  • December 20, 2017: Orlando International Airport – Air Canada to begin twice weekly non-stop seasonal service.
  • January 1, 2018: Reykjavík, Iceland – Icelandair to upgrade existing seasonal service to three times weekly year-round service.
  • March 18, 2018: Mexico City, Mexico – WestJet launches three times weekly year-round service.
  • April 29, 2018: Mexico City, Mexico – WestJet service to be upgraded into daily year-round service.
  • May 4, 2018: Chicago O’Hare International Airport – American Airlines to begin year-round, daily service.
  • May 17, 2018: Sacramento International Airport – Air Canada to begin year-round, daily service.
  • May 25, 2018: Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport and Tianjin Binhai International Airport – Hainan Airlines to begin year-round, twice-weekly service  to Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport with one stop at Tianjin Binhai International Airport.
  • June 1, 2018: Melbourne, Australia – Air Canada service to be upgraded into three times weekly year-round.
  • June 7, 2018: Zurich, Switzerland – Air Canada to begin three times weekly seasonal service.
  • June 8, 2018: Paris, France – Air Canada to begin four times weekly seasonal service.
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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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