Air China has unveiled plans to launch flights to two new destinations in Eastern Europe.
On 1 May 2015, the airline will commence a new route from Beijing to Budapest, via Minsk. The service will mark the only direct route between China and Belarus, and the first connection from Beijing to Hungary.
Operating four times a week, the new Beijing-Minsk-Budapest route will depart the Chinese capital every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 1300, arriving in the Belarusian capital Minsk at 1650, it will then continue on to Hungary’s capital Budapest, where it will arrive at 1820.
The return flights depart Budapest at 1900 and arrive in Beijing at 1150 the following day.
Beijing will serve the route using a 237-seat, two-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft, featuring flat-bed seats in business class.
“With increasing exchanges between China and Europe in recent years, the market demand for air transportation has been growing rapidly,” Air China said in a statement. “2015 marks the 66th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between
China and Hungary…, [and] Hungary has become one of the most important destinations for Chinese tourists to Eastern Europe.”
The addition of Minsk and Budapest will take Air China’s total number of European destinations to 18.