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Emirates sounds the gong for Guangzhou

The ancient city of Guangzhou, now China’s economic powerhouse, will join Emirates’ sprawling six-continent non-stop network on 1st July. Slated to play an important role in the 100-plus destinations on Emirates’ route map, Guangzhou (IATA code: CAN) will be Emirates’ fourth gateway in China, after Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, spoke about the rationale of launching services into the city: “Guangzhou is a vital link in our strategic plans for both China and the Asia-Pacific region. The city has been on our radar for some time as it is the heartbeat of the Guangdong Province and hums with its political, socio-economic, scientific, educational and cultural life. Guangzhou serves as an air travel hub for Guangdong and the South China provinces, which significantly expands our span and reach.

“The Emirates Group is no stranger to Guangzhou, as through our subsidiary in Singapore, Changi International Airport Services, we hold a 20 per cent stake in Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Handling Co., which provides ground handling services at the airport.”

Starting 1st July, Emirates’ EK362 will fly non-stop to Guangzhou four times weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays with an Airbus A330-200 in a two class configuration – 27 seats in Business and 251 in Economy. Beginning 1st October, Emirates will also fly the route on Fridays.

From 1st December the airline will fly daily to Guangzhou with an A340-300 aircraft in a three-class configuration – 12 seats in First, 42 in Business and 213 in Economy – on six days, and an A330-200 on the seventh in a three-class configuration – 12 in First, 42 in Business and 183 in Economy.