BEIJING, CHINA — China Southern Airlines capitalizes on travel revival with new daily Beijing-London flight.

Capitalizing on the increasing momentum of post-pandemic international travel, China Southern Airlines has introduced a new daily route between Beijing and London.

The service, originating from Beijing's Daxing Airport and terminating at London's Heathrow Airport, is the first new daily connection between the two nations since the onset of the Covid pandemic. The route will be operated by an Airbus A350, capable of transporting over 600 passengers daily between the two metropolises.

China Southern Airlines' Deputy Director General, Xiao Yong, reported a staggering 120% surge in passenger traffic in China's aviation market since the start of the year, with global aviation transport witnessing an 80% boost last month. Consequently, the carrier remains sanguine about the recovery of China's aviation sector.

China Southern Airlines, recognized as one of the country's leading airlines in terms of fleet size, started expanding its routes following the relaxation of travel restrictions in China, including the abolition of quarantine requirements for arrivals. The airline aims to position Daxing as a key hub, scheduling additional flights to Europe and the United States.

The new Daxing airport, a $63 billion project featuring four runways, is projected to accommodate 70 million passengers annually by 2025. As per Xinhua news agency, one flight will depart from Heathrow daily at 10:30 p.m. local time, enabling passengers to link to both domestic and international flights at Daxing Airport.