Hainan Airlines today (20 March) launched a non-stop service between Brussels Airport and Shenzhen Boa’an International Airport. The new route to Southeast China will promote tourism and freight activities, particularly e-commerce between the two countries. The new non-stop service was inaugurated by the Chinese ambassador to Belgium Xing Qu, the Country Manager of Hainan Airlines Olivier Yang, and the CEO of Brussels Airport Company Arnaud Feist.
After Beijing (since 2006) and Shanghai Pudong (since October 2017), Shenzhen is the third direct destination in China served by Hainan Airlines from Brussels Airport. The rapid expansion of connectivity between China and Belgium should not come as a surprise. The Chinese are increasingly keen on travelling and they are curious to discover Europe.
“The opening of the new direct route between Brussels and Shenzhen can enhance mutually beneficial relationships. The city of Shenzhen with over 11 million inhabitants is as large as Belgium’s population. And so not only for tourism between the two regions and cultural exchange, but also for business the potential is huge. Shenzhen indeed hosts the headquarters of many of the major Chinese technology, textile and financial companies such as Huawei and BYD”, says Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company.
Some 7 million Chinese visit the European continent every year. Many consider Brussels an ideal starting point for a tour through Europe. The latest direct connection with Southeast China has great potential to bring even more Chinese tourists to our country and Europe, and vice-versa. Shenzhen’s picturesque coastline, old temples, large harbour and modern skyline have turned the Chinese city of 11 million into an attractive travel destination. Looking at the region, the Pearl River Delta has a population of 62 million people and is one of the fastest growing regions in the world.
The direct route to Shenzhen enhances and facilitates the existing investment and export opportunities between the two countries. Shenzhen is the Mecca of technology and finance. Leading companies including Ping-An Bank, Tencent, BYD and Huawei have established their headquarters there. The city is also known for its fine textiles and growing e-commerce. The direct connection to Brussels will make it easier for Belgian e-commerce companies to expand their business in Southeast China.
Visit of the Hainan Airlines Boeing 787-9