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Old May 18th, 2013, 06:09 AM   #201
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Guangzhou set to allow 72-hour visa-free visits

BEIJING, April 10 (Xinhuanet) -- Guangzhou is expected to become the third Chinese city to allow foreign visitors to transit for 72 hours without a visa, according to Tan Wangen, general manager of China Southern Airlines.

Tan said the policy will help boost tourism in Guangdong province and boost the local economy. "We are actively talking with the local airport and customs authorities to push the implementation of the visa-free transit policy as soon as possible," Tan said.

Since Jan 1, travelers from 45 countries have been benefiting from 72-hour visa-free stays in Beijing and Shanghai, a move that is expected to boost consumption.

Tourists holding third country visas and plane tickets are allowed to apply for a transit without visa at the Beijing Capital International Airport and Shanghai's Hongqiao and Pudong airports.

Foreign visitors are not permitted to leave the cities to travel to other Chinese cities during the 72 hours, and have to depart from the two cities.

"If the negotiations go smoothly, the policy will be implemented in Guangzhou within this year," Tan was quoted as saying by Xinhua News Agency.

"Optimizing the transit service is a priority for us this year to attract more foreign passengers", said Tan, adding that tourists would be able to travel to sites around the Pearl River Delta region within those 72 hours.

Since the policy was introduced in January, Shanghai has registered more than 1,000 foreign passengers transiting from its Hongqiao and Pudong airports without visas, sources with the local immigration control authorities said.

The number of inbound tourists to Beijing is expected to increase to 10 million passengers within the next three years, as a result of the policy, said Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development.

Tan was speaking after an agreement was signed on Monday between the airline and a delegation led by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who came to promote economic and trade ties between the two countries.

The Guangzhou-based airline is the only domestic carrier that flies to New Zealand, following the opening of a Guangzhou-Auckland route in April 2011. Two more routes are due to be launched soon, connecting the southern city with Christchurch and Wellington.

Under the agreement, China Southern passengers can get visas without showing proof of property or employment.

"The Guangzhou-Auckland daily flight has become a major route for the company and is in high demand by both Chinese and foreign travelers," said Tan, adding the service has boosted the number of Chinese tourists to New Zealand by almost 40 percent since it was launched.

Sources with Guangdong tourism authorities said the number of inbound tourists decreased by 2.6 percent year-on-year to reach 107 million in 2012.

But agencies in Guangzhou said they are already planning new services for foreign visitors staying for 72 hours.

Lu Yujing, a sales manager with GZL International Travel Service, said: "A growing number of foreign business travelers have canceled their trips due to the global economic downturn.

"The authorities should introduce some incentive measures, such as the visa-free transit policy, to attract more foreign visitors."
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Old July 23rd, 2013, 01:16 PM   #202
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Old August 17th, 2013, 11:40 AM   #203
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Will there be a T3 in the future because a lot of Chinese airports are developing T3 like Chongqing and Shenzhen
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Old August 17th, 2013, 02:47 PM   #204
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Will there be a T3 in the future because a lot of Chinese airports are developing T3 like Chongqing and Shenzhen
Shenzhen T3 will then become the only terminal after its operation as TA, TB and TD will be closed
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Old August 20th, 2013, 11:12 PM   #205
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I have no idea of this but is it possible for the whole T1 to be domestic flights and whole T2 be international because I was just there couple days ago and T1 was split into 2 A and B A=International, B=Domestic. Or it could be the opposite?
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Old September 4th, 2013, 05:57 AM   #207
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From the latest news T2 will be finished by 2016 but the 3rd runway will be completed in 2014.

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Old September 4th, 2013, 07:52 AM   #208
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Can't wait until they finish.

How long is the runway going to be because everytime I fly from Guangzhou to somewhere, its always delaying. I hated it !!!! For me coming from Honolulu from Guangzhou to Seoul to HNL. I wiated at the airport for nearly 3 hours! Thats how long the flight should be and I barely made it to my flight to HNL.

T2 shape could have been better to hold more passengers. Like adding another vertical line through the T2 terminal.
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Old September 9th, 2013, 04:57 AM   #209
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Wait, is there a connection from T1 to T2, I think they metro that will be running, but will there be a physical connection between the terminals?
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Old September 9th, 2013, 09:13 AM   #210
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Wait, is there a connection from T1 to T2, I think they metro that will be running, but will there be a physical connection between the terminals?
yes but it is for a long term plan
T2 will be mainly for Skyteam to use and T1 for other alliances and companies
and the government did not see much potential for transferring between different alliances, so they wouldn't build the connecting part at the very first
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Old September 9th, 2013, 09:17 AM   #211
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Kenya Airways plans direct flights to China's Guangzhou

NAIROBI, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Kenya Airways said Wednesday it will launch direct flights in November to China's commercial city of Guangzhou to reap from the growing Sino-African relations.

The airline CEO Titus Naikuni said its Boeing 777-300ER will be introduced for the non-stop weekly flight on Nov. 19 between the Kenyan capital Nairobi and Guangzhou.

Naikuni said the Asian nation has emerged as a key trading partner for Africa, adding that Kenya Airways' planned flights to Guangzhou will build on this connection.

"Our direct flights to Guangzhou seek to build on this relationship in order to make a contribution towards sustainable development of Africa, which is in line with our core purpose as a company," Naikuni said in a statement released in Nairobi.

Kenya Airways recently inked an agreement with China Eastern Airlines to enable the KQ code share on daily services between Bangkok and Shanghai. China Eastern Airlines will code share on daily Kenya Airways service between Bangkok and Nairobi under the deal.

The national carrier hopes to strengthen its presence in China by offering better connection options to its passengers from Africa. Its association with China Eastern Airlines gives it an opportunity to offer customers a seamless connection to and from China.

Kenya Airways is seeking to more than double the number of its aeroplanes to 115 in the next 10 years as part of its fleet and destination expansion.

The airline had earlier announced plans to increase its destinations to China from the current two to six to tap the potential of passenger and cargo travel between China and Africa.

Naikuni said the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft is due in Nairobi in mid-October and will commence revenue service in mid-November.

The airline which flies to over 40 destinations in Africa currently flies directly from Nairobi to Guangzhou via Bangkok, daily.

Naikuni said the direct flights will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays departing from Nairobi just after midnight while maintaining the current flights to Guangzhou via Bangkok of four times a week.

"The new direct flights to Guangzhou would facilitate interaction between the two regions by opening up Africa to China through its robust connections from Nairobi. The airline flies to over 40 destinations in Africa," Naikuni said.

"Together with code-share partner, China Southern, whose hub is Guangzhou, Kenya Airways will be able to service most parts of China. China Southern is the biggest carrier in Asia."
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Old November 1st, 2013, 01:41 AM   #212
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Old November 1st, 2013, 10:31 PM   #213
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What part of the construction site is that?
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Old November 6th, 2013, 04:32 AM   #214
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Juneyao eyes launch of budget airline
5 November 2013
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Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines has applied for permission to set up a low-cost carrier in Guangzhou.

Juneyao wants to tap the low-cost market in the Pearl River Delta, which is populated with migrant workers and holidaymakers. This is also the market targeted by Jetstar Hong Kong, which is still waiting for its operating licence.

"We have handed in our application to the regulator [the Civil Aviation Administration of China] and expect to get the feedback very soon," said Edwin Choi, an assistant to the chairman of Juneyao Airlines.

To be named Jiuyuan Airlines, or "nine dollars" in Chinese, the carrier would target domestic flights to begin with, before expanding to regional destinations in Asia later, Choi said.

Currently, there is only one budget carrier, Spring Airlines, operating on the mainland, home to the second-largest aviation market in the world.

Low-cost carriers account for less than 5 per cent of the total seat capacity on the mainland, against 24 per cent in the rest of Asia.

It is understood that Beijing will introduce policies to encourage the creation of budget carriers. Spring Air said earlier it had been contacted by the regulator for advice about shoring up the development of budget carriers.

A shortage of pilots and a dispute between outgoing pilots and state-owned airlines prompted the regulator to close applications for new airlines for six years. The application window was reopened this year.

"We have built a pilot pool over the past few years so that we can be self-sustained in pilot recruitment," said Choi. "We are not going to hire pilots at other local airlines' expense."
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Old November 7th, 2013, 06:12 AM   #215
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Transit policy a hit in Guangzhou
4 November 2013
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Guangzhou has seen a steady rise in the number of airline passengers who availed of the city's 72-hour visa-free transit policy since it was launched on Aug 1.

Australia accounts for the largest number, according to the exit-entry authority of the Baiyun district where the airport is located.

By Oct 29, 534 foreign visitors had enjoyed a 72-hour visa-free stay in the capital of South China's Guangdong province. The number of users climbed from 96 in August to 166 in September, an increase of 73 percent.

The exit-entry authority of Baiyun district received an average of 10 requests for a 72-hour visa-free stay every day in October.

Altogether, 239 Australian passengers have had a 72-hour visa-free stopover in Guangzhou since August, almost half of the total number of foreign visitors benefiting from the new visa policy, said Zhang Rui, a media officer from the exit-entry authority of Baiyun district.

The policy is also popular among tourists from the US, Canada, Russia and New Zealand, Zhang said.

China Southern Airlines, the major carrier based at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, launched an Airbus A380 service to Sydney and a Boeing 787 Dreamliner service to Auckland, New Zealand, last week. The new services are expected to reinforce the "Canton Route", an air bridge connecting Europe, Asia and Australia and attract more airline passengers from the Oceania region to make a stopover in Guangzhou.

Christine O'Maley, a Sydney-based public relations executive for the airline, hopes that Guangzhou will become the next hotspot for stopovers between Oceania and Europe.

"Australians often fly to the UK to visit friends and family. It's a long flight of 24 hours so most passengers will choose to make a stopover to have a rest and explore a new city," O'Maley said.

"Popular stopover choices have been Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok. And Dubai has become a new favorite as Emirates has vigorously tapped the market in Australia in recent years.

"We are strengthening promotions of China Southern Airlines and Guangzhou's visa-free transit policy in Australia," added the PR executive, who accompanied 11 journalists from major media outlets in Australia and New Zealand on their weekend trip to Guangzhou.

The visitors from Oceania enjoyed a two-day tour of the city. They tasted dim sum, visited historic sites, including the Chen Clan Academy and the Museum of the Nanyue King Mausoleum, soaked in the atmosphere at the city's new landmark Canton Tower and strolled through markets and parks.

Adrian Schofield from Aviation Week based in New Zealand was amazed by Guangzhou and thinks it's a pity that not many New Zealanders know about the city or the 72-hour visa-free transit policy.

"China Southern Airlines' Boeing 787 service to Auckland is New Zealand's first Boeing 787 service, which will effectively enhance the airline company's publicity in the country and the company can help promote the Chinese city and the visa policy to New Zealanders," Schofield said.

Tourist agencies in Guangdong province expected the 72-hour visa-free policy to spur inbound tourism, but they haven't seen a significant growth in the number of foreign visitors in the past three months.

Fang Fang, vice-general manager of the inbound tourism department of GZL International Travel Service, a major agency in the province, said that the agency has received around 80 foreign tourists who made a stopover in Guangzhou on a 72-hour visa-free transit since Aug 1. Only a few of them took advantage of the visa policy's ability for tourists to travel to other cities in Guangdong province.

"The tourism authority and China Southern Airlines should make good use of the data they've collected and visit those big international transit passenger origins to host promotional events," the manager said.

Beijing and Shanghai introduced the visa-free policy in January. Chengdu in Sichuan province offered the same visa-free transit in September, and Chongqing will carry it out from November.
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Heavy rainstorm disrupts air traffic in Guangdong

GUANGZHOU, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Heavy rains have grounded flights and stranded passengers at major airports of south China's Guangdong Province, airport authorities said Sunday.

According to the Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, nearly 103 flights were delayed and 101 departing flights and 72 inbound ones were canceled due to thunder and rain, which has stranded thousands of travellers as of 06:40 p.m.

Meanwhile, in Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, thunderstorms have led to the delay of 49 departing flights and caused cancellation of about 11 outbound flights to Beijing, Hangzhou, Chongqing and Shanghai as of 05:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Affected by the weather, nearly 21 incoming flight were forced to land in Shenzhen from neighboring cities like Guangzhou and Zhuhai, the airport said.

Airport authorities in Guangzhou has issued a red rainstorm alert at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, while that in Shenzhen has also issued a blue one.

China has a four-tier rainstorm alert system, with red being the most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

The airports and airlines were ready to provide emergency services to passengers.
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