[photopress:air_Birmingham_airport_people_mover.jpg,full,alignright]Guangzhou is set to have a new air link to Birmingham in England by way of Emirates starting July 1. This will be through the main hub in Dubai and the direct to Guangzhou, Emirates’ fourth gateway in China, after Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong.
Guangzhou is the third largest air travel hub in China and the capital of the Guangdong province.
The airline’s decision to begin services to Guangzhou was praised by the leader of Birmingham City Council, Coun Mike Whitby, who is now hoping Birmingham International Airport will win its battle for an extension of its main runway.Emirates, which has ordered 58 of the world’s largest passenger planes, saw profit in its last fiscal year up 62% despite higher fuel costs, as it boosted passenger and cargo traffic.
[photopress:sidepic_emirates.jpg,full,alignleft]Emirates chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum (one of the canniest operators in the business) said last month: ‘It was another record year, despite the challenging business climate, particularly in the second six months, where the soaring cost of jet fuel made a big dent.’
The airline’s fuel costs represented 30.6 per cent of costs, up from 29.1 per cent.
Emirates said the global airline industry has been hammered by record high fuel prices. The high costs were offset by an increase in both passenger and cargo numbers, which sharply boosted revenues.
Source: Birmingham Post