China flight helps brings economic growth to the North

Hainan Airlines fly from Manchester to Beijing Credit: Manchester Airport

A year since the first direct flight from Manchester to China took off, a new report has revealed it has had a significant economic impact on the region.

The study claims the connection has helped increase tourism, investment, export and international student numbers.

The Hainan Airlines route has carried 90,000 passengers between Manchester and Beijing since it started in 2016.

The report, called ‘The China Dividend: One Year On’, is being launched as a Ministerial delegation from the UK Government heads to Shanghai to promote trade and investment opportunities in the Northern Powerhouse.

In just one year the Hainan route has brought such significant rewards to the Northern Powerhouse that I feel there is a real appetite in exploring launching airline routes from Manchester to other regions in China.

“As we head to Shanghai we will look to build on the flourishing commercial relationship that the UK and China have established, bringing with us Northern businesses which demonstrate the strengths and opportunities in the region.”

– Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth