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Charter flights from Birmingham to China are announced

A growing Chinese tourism trade is behind plans to introduce a charter flight from Birmingham Airport, officials have said.

The charter route - the UK's first between the countries - will operate over three days in July and August.

The airport said the flights would help Chinese visitors access popular destinations like the Cotswolds, the Lake District and Birmingham.

Ann Leung from United Travel in Birmingham said there had already been "plenty of enquiries" about the new service.

James Hunter-Johnson from the Chinese-owned firm VC lighting, which is based in Birmingham, said he would like to see more regular flights from the city.

David Winstanley, operations director at Birmingham Airport, said it would be the first UK direct flight to China outside of London and that he was confident there would be strong demand.

  • 14 Mar 2014