Chinese airlines expand South Asian links

China Eastern will fly to Colombo and Male (photo by InsectWorld)
China Eastern will fly to Colombo and Male (photo by InsectWorld)

Airlines in China are adding more connections to cities in South Asia.

On Saturday (26 September), China Eastern Airlines commenced a new direct flight between Shanghai and Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. Flights now operate four times a week, departing Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and using a twin-aisle Airbus A330 aircraft.

This becomes China Eastern’s second service to Colombo, following the existing direct flight from Kunming.

And on 30 September, the airline will launch a direct connection from Shanghai to Male, the capital of the Maldives. Flights will leave Shanghai every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, using a Boeing 767 aircraft.

Then on 28 October, Air China will start flying to two cities in Pakistan: Karachi and Islamabad. The new route will run three times a week, departing Beijing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and flying to Karachi, via the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. The return service will operate direct from Karachi to Beijing. Air China will operate the route using a twin-aisle Airbus A330 aircraft.

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