Lonely Planet Writer

Travelling from the UK to China has just got easier with new routes from a Chinese airline

The provinces and cities away from China‘s usual tourist spots will soon become more accessible by the end of this month. Cheaper plane tickets – £7 fares for the first two flights –  are promised from Britain to the world’s most populated nation.

Tianjin city will become more accessible for British tourists with a Chinese airline flying there twice weekly from the end of the month
Tianjin city will become more accessible for British tourists with a Chinese airline flying there weekly from the end of the month Image by Ken Marshall / CC BY 2.0

The ambitious carrier is opening up new routes which will give British passengers the opportunity to see two less-travelled areas of China by flying into Chongqing and Tianjin. Tianjin Airlines will operate the first direct connection between the two regional cities and the UK with flights out of London Gatwick Airport. The Daily Telegraph reports that the service will fly twice weekly on Saturdays and Wednesdays from the end of June.

Reaching Chongqing in the south-west of China will only take a 12 hour flight. However it will take a 17 hour flight before touching down in Tianjin, which is on the country’s north-east coast. The latter flight will stop off in Chongqing before continuing onto its final destination. Single fares pitched at £7 and £9 are certainly eye-catching and are available when the first two flights, on Saturday June 25 and the following Wednesday take off. With fees and taxes increasing ticket cost to £206 one-way and £332 return, there is no doubt the fares are still enticing, particularly for the traveller who likes to go off the beaten track. The airline pledges that while such prices are only for the first two flights, it will keep fares very competitive. Airline official Wen Ge says prices will come in £50 cheaper than competitors flying to China. Added the spokesperson: “Besides the price, the destination is unique.”