[photopress:air_pyongyang.jpg,full,alignright]Air China will launch direct flight from Beijing to Pyongyang in January.
Not that this is essentially a political comment but Pyongyang is the capital city of North Korea.
It will be much quicker than going by rail. The current regular service Beijing to Pyongyang takes about 25 hours and 25 minutes and, if you are seriously railway mad, you can then connect for a journey to Moscow which takes six days.
Sticking to the far quicker new flight schedule the departure time of flight CA121 at Beijing’s Capital International Airport is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The arrival time in Pyongyang is 4:45 p.m. The returning flight CA122 will leave Pyongyang at 5:45 p.m. on the same dates, and will arrive in Beijing at 6:30 p.m.
The new route will be operated by Boeing 737 aircraft. Zhang Lan, vice president of Air China, said, ‘The new route will offer convenience for the exchanges and cooperation between China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in culture, education and technology.’
He also said it provides a convenient option for passengers from Europe, the United States and Japan to travel to Pyongyang.
Which, in a sense, is a political statement in that it indicates that North Korea may be going to welcome, if only in a limited sense as in just toe the airport, Westerners.