Direct tourist charter flights reopen between Lanzhou, Hong Kong

16:41, September 19, 2010      

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Direct tourist charter flights between Lanzhou and Hong Kong resumed on Sept. 18, according to Gansu Tourism Bureau today.

It has been five years since the last direct route flight between Lanzhou and Hong Kong in 2005.

It is reported that the direct route charter flights were exclusively operated by Gansu Silk Road International Tours and were undertaken by Hong Kong Express Airlines.

The Lanzhou-Hong Kong charter flights will run until Feb. 26, 2011 as the first phase of the mission.

The direct route flight, which carries 164 passengers by a Boeing B737-800 aircraft, will run weekly.

The flight is set to take off from Hong Kong at 11 a.m. on every Saturday, and arrive in Lanzhou at 14:35 on the same day, then take off again from Lanzhou Airport at 15:40 and arrive in Hong Kong at 18:35.

Direct-route charter flights between Lanzhou and Hong Kong were opened in 1992, but operators of the route started to take measures, including temporary charters, in 1996 because of financial problems and formally suspended flights in 2005, said Han Qingchun, director of the Gansu Silk Road International Tours office.

By Li Mu, People's Daily Online


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