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Air China opens new service to Russia's Pacific capital

By The Siberian Times reporter
30 March 2014

New four times a week link between Beijing and Vladivostok.

In terms of Chinese travellers to Russia, it stands at number three in the destination market rankings 2012. Picture: Air China

The flights will operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays between the Chinese capital and Russia's Pacific gateway, and terminus on the Trans-Siberian Railway. The new service is indicative of Moscow's hopes to see its Far Eastern region better connected economically with Asia.

The flight will give easy access for Chinese businessmen and women to a city they know as Haishenwai, while also allowing Russians to tap into Air China's superb national and international network of destinations, including holiday hotspots in south-east Asia. 

The airline clearly believes that Vladivostok will be attractive as a destination to Chinese travellers, too. 

'Vladivostok is the terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway,' said a statement from the Air China. 'On the October Revolution Square stands a bronze statue of Lenin. Ox horn-shaped Golden Horn Bay is chock-full of vessels and warships of all sizes. Surrounded by sea on three sides, Vladivostok is very much prized for its beachfront bathing activities and properties for holiday-makers. 

'With its blue sky, aquamarine sea, gentle breezes and mouthwatering foods, Vladivostok has become Russia's third most popular tourist destination behind the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea.

'Vladivostok is an important gateway to Russia's Far East. In terms of Chinese travellers to Russia, it stands at number three in the destination market rankings 2012, only behind Moscow and St Petersburg, and is the largest Far East market for Chinese travellers. In recent years, the number of Chinese travellers to and from Vladivostok have been increasing rapidly -- in 2012 alone, they numbered over 43,000, representing an increase of about four times.'

The Beijing - Vladivostok service is Air China's third route to Russia after Beijing - Moscow and Beijing - Chita.

Utilising the extensive route network of the Star Alliance, Air China can fly passengers to 1,328 destinations in 195 countries. 'With the new service, passengers can fly from other parts of the world to Vladivostok or continue their journey to other cities of Russia and Europe via Air China's hub in Beijing.'

Comments (1)

hum... Vladivostok as number three the most popular after Moscow and St Petersburg for tourism, I am surprised. I thought it was the most popular for work, or business, but not tourism.
Kylie, NZ
30/03/2014 23:51
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