Wuhan opens direct flights to Turkey
At 1540 hours on May 29, the B-2733 South Airlines Boeing 787 wide-body passenger plane took off from Tianhe Airport in Wuhan. After 10 hours and 20 minutes flight, 259 passengers will arrive at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. This marks the opening of Wuhan's direct flight to Istanbul, the first direct flight to Turkey in the central region, and provides a new choice for travelers to and from China and Turkey.
The route is operated by Boeing 787, which is the third wide-body passenger aircraft put into operation by China Southern Airlines in Wuhan after two Boeing 787 planes landed in Wuhan last year.
The staff of China Southern Airlines said that Wuhan-Istanbul flights are scheduled three times a week and fly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Flight number CZ8341, flight time about 10 hours and 20 minutes, Beijing time 15:40 from Wuhan, local time 21:00 arrival; return flight number CZ8342, flight time about 9 hours, local time 23:20 departure, Beijing time 13:20 arrival the next day.
Turkish Airlines erect aerial bridges between Wuhan and Istanbul. Turkey is located at the intersection of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the maritime Silk Road in twenty-first Century, and is one of the important countries along the "one belt and one road". The opening of this route has created favorable transportation conditions for accelerating economic and trade exchanges and cultural and tourism exchanges between China and Turkey, as well as for promoting the economic and social development of Hubei Province.
After arriving in Istanbul by South Airlines flight, domestic passengers can easily transfer to Asia, Europe and Africa through Istanbul's developed airline network. After arriving in Wuhan, tourists from Asia, Europe and Africa can also easily go to their next destination.
It is reported that Southern Airlines has put into operation more than 48 aircraft in Hubei. In the second half of this year, China Southern Airlines will continue to introduce wide-body passenger aircraft to Tianhe Airport in Wuhan, making adequate preparations for opening more international and domestic routes in Wuhan.
In addition to the opening of Wuhan-Turkey flights, China Eastern Airlines will open Wuhan-Yangon flights every Wednesday and Thursday on the evening of 29, and Mandalay flights every Monday and Friday on May 31, which means that the total number of flights in Tianhe Airport will reach 62, leading other airports in central China.