Air China is launching four-times-weekly Beijing-Minsk-Budapest service on May 1.
According to Air China, its new service will represent the only direct route linking China with Belarus and Hungary.
Star Alliance member Air China will operate its outbound Beijing-Minsk-Budapest service on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Its outbound flight will leave Beijing Capital International Airport (IATA code PEK) at 1:00 p.m., landing at Minsk National Airport (MSQ) at 4:50 p.m. the same day, local time.
After taking off again for Budapest, the flight will arrive at the Hungarian capital’s Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) at 6:20 p.m. local time.
Air China’s return flight will depart BUD at 7:00 p.m. and after a non-stop flight to China will touch down at PEK at 11:50 a.m. the following day, local time.
The carrier will operate Airbus A330-200 widebodies on the route. All service classes in Air China’s A330-200s are fitted with personal in-flight entertainment systems and their Business Class cabins are fitted with lie-flat seats.
Minsk is the capital and political, economic, technological and cultural center of Belarus, and home to the headquarters of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
In its early days Budapest was actually two separate cities (Buda and Pest), located across from each other on opposite sides of the River Danube. In 1873, they merged to become today’s Budapest.
With business and tourism visits between China and Europe increasing, market demand for air transportation between China and Europe has been growing rapidly, according to Air China.
In 2014, Minsk National Airport handled 19 per cent more passengers than in the previous year, according to the airline. Meanwhile, 2015 marks the 66th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Hungary.
Official statistics suggest that since Hungary was formally opened to Chinese tourists in 2003, on average the number of Chinese travelers visiting the country has increased 15 per cent annually.
Hungary has become one of the most important Eastern European destinations for Chinese tourists, according to Air China.
As the largest carrier between China and Europe, Air China offers more than 100 flights a week between the two global powerhouses.
Its new Beijing-Minsk-Budapest route will increase to 18 the number of European destinations that Air China serves, and the number of China-Europe routes it operates to 19.
The member airlines of Star Alliance, the world’s largest global airline alliance, now operate to 1,328 airports in 195 countries.