Pointers at Glance
- China has reopened its borders to some travellers since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020.
- It is a significant step towards the tourism industry’s recovery, as the pandemic has highly impacted it.
China is one of the best tourist destinations in the world. The step taken on reopening the borders of China for travellers will benefit both the Chinese economy and the economies of other countries that have a good connection with China’s tourism industry.
China has lifted quarantine restrictions and loosened regulations for incoming visitors, enabling the tourism industry to regain momentum. New flights have begun in early 2023, connecting mainland China to Johannesburg, Athens, Budapest and other major destinations.
China, the world’s biggest oil importer, has allocated some 2023 quotas earlier than usual to shore up the sluggish economy by encouraging refiners to boost operations.
New China’s Airlines Routes
Also, China’s airlines are ramping up their offering. Restoring flight routes were eliminated or highly reduced during the pandemic. However, a few significant new routes are also making it easier than ever for travellers in Istanbul, Budapest, Johannesburg and other major cities to visit China and vice versa.
Shanghai to Athens
China and Greece had planned to increase their air ties before the pandemic. However, even though one of the most important ties has been restored, the first direct flight from Shanghai Pudong (PVG) to Athens arrived the last week of December. Further, Air China will operate the 10.5 hour flight once in a week.
Guangzhou to Istanbul
The new aircraft, routes and airplane cabins are taking off in 2023 from Guangzhou to Istanbul.
China Southern Airlines, based in Guangzhou, launched a new direct flight from Guangzhou to Istanbul on 10th January.
The flight will take approximately 11 hours from Guangzhou to Istanbul, and 9.5 hours for the return journey.
It is great news for Chinese travellers looking for another gateway to Europe, as IST is the home base for Turkish Airlines.
With the support of fiscal and monetary policies, the Chinese economy is expected to continue its recovery in the coming year.