THE only direct flight from Scotland to China is set to take flight next month.

The twice-weekly route – from June 26 until October 8 – will be operated by Hainan Airlines between Edinburgh and Beijing. 

Prices range from around £750 in economy class to £2600 in business class for the 10-hour-plus journey. 

Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “The return of direct flights to Beijing is fantastic news as we gear up for a hugely exciting summer, and is further evidence of the strong recovery we’re seeing here at Edinburgh.

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“This service will be the only one operating between Scotland and China when it is introduced and is a real show of faith in the market by Hainan Airlines.

"This important connectivity will provide a boost to Scotland’s universities and tourism industry, open up a wealth of new business opportunities, and enable better access to other parts of the world.

“We’re sure it will be highly valued whether it be by students travelling between the two countries to study, families reconnecting, or tourists travelling to visit new places.”

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Transport Minister Kevin Stewart said: “I welcome the announcement of this direct service between Edinburgh Airport and Beijing, which is an important development for both Edinburgh and Scotland’s international connectivity.

“This direct connectivity is great news for people and businesses in both Scotland and China, building strong links for business and exports, as well as making it easier for visitors and students to come and experience Scotland.”

UK Government guidance on flights to China has recently changed. A spokesperson said: “From April 29, 2023, China has changed its Covid-19 entry requirements for all travellers entering the country. You must undertake a lateral flow/rapid antigen test 48 hours before boarding your flight.

“Passengers entering China displaying symptoms of fever, or with an abnormal health declaration, may be asked to undertake a rapid antigen test on arrival. Those who test positive will be asked to wear a mask and may be advised to self-isolate whilst symptoms remain, although there is no mandatory self-isolation for Covid-19.”