[photopress:air_china_routes.jpg,full,alignright]A new air route has opened over China that will reduce flying times between Europe and cities in the east and south of the country. IATA says the new route, designated B208, was implemented on April and around 475 flights a week expected to use it.
The association says flights from Europe to Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong will no longer have to be channeled through Beijing, saving 60 nautical miles (111km) per flight.
IATA director general and CEO Giovanni Bisignani said, ‘While being introduced to deal with Olympic-related congestion, this is the latest in a series of major permanent improvements to China’s air traffic management infrastructure.’
China introduced a new route in 2006, dubbed Y-1, that cuts flight times between Europe and China by 30 minutes per round-trip. Also last year, China introduced reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) procedures that helped to increase airspace capacity.