UK and Chinese authorities are to discuss the idea of allowing more flights between both countries to be available to travellers.
According to buyingbusinesstravel.com, the Chinese market is one of the biggest areas for potential trade growth and it’s believed that improved air links between the UK and China could take advantage of this fact.
Patrick McLoughlin, transport minister, will begin negotiations early next year to improve the bilateral agreement with China. Currently, the agreement limits 31 return flights per week between six destinations in the UK and China.
McLoughlin argued that the world has changed quite a lot since 2004, when the agreement was first implemented. He said a new version is needed and it would create a stronger link between the two countries.
Furthermore, many businesses in the UK could benefit from an increased number of business travellers coming from China to the UK – including those in the hospitality industry as travellers will be looking for places to stay, places to eat and somewhere to hold business meetings.
Paul Wait, chief executive of the Guild of Travel Management Companies (GTMC), highlighted that there were several destinations which could benefit from direct travel routes, including Shenzhen, Chengdu and Nanjing.
“British business travellers are already travelling to these growth economies but at present they are doing so via other hubs and connecting routes,” he said.
“We are delighted to hear that there is parliamentary action on increasing the number of flights between China and the UK as these routes are vital for long-term economic growth,” he added, reports telegraph.co.uk.