The demand for travel from east China to Thailand and Japan has been on the rise in recent years. According to the Zhejiang Tourism Administration, in October 2014, the number of travelers between Hangzhou and Bangkok reached a record 11,000, and during the period January-October 2014, travelers from Hangzhou to Japan totaled 136,675, up 228.62% over the same period of the previous year. The Hangzhou-Bangkok service will be Air China’s first air link from east China to Southeast Asia, and the Hangzhou-Osaka service also means that the carrier will fly nonstop between Hangzhou and Japan for the first time. The new routes to be opened will provide easier travel options for passengers in east China looking to travel to and from Thailand and Japan and further the economic, trade and cultural exchanges as well as cooperation in the field of tourism between China and Thailand and between China and Japan.
The two new routes will bring the number of international and regional destinations Air China serves up to 6, the other destinations being Taipei, Seoul, Jeju and Tokyo, and will further expand Air China’s international operations from east China and cement the position of Shanghai as Air China’s international gateway in the carrier’s route network. According to Air China’s summer/autumn schedule 2015, the carrier will operate from east China to 49 international and regional destinations, including Paris, Munich, Milan, Sydney, Seoul and Taipei, offering more convenient flights to travelers from China and other parts of the world.
The Hangzhou-Bangkok service, CA715/6, will be operated three times a week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The outbound flight departs from Hangzhou at 22:40 Beijing time and arrives in Bangkok at 02:10 local time. The return flight departs from Bangkok at 03:20 local time and arrives in Hangzhou at 08:20 Beijing time.
The Hangzhou-Osaka service, CA725/6, will be operated four times a week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The outbound flight departs from Hangzhou at 09:10 Beijing time and arrives in Osaka at 10:20 local time. The return flight departs from Osaka at 11:20 local time and arrives in Hangzhou at 15:00 Beijing time.