Hainan Airlines will launch a new direct flight from Shenzhen, in neighbouring Guangdong province, to the Italian city of Milan in September, People’s Daily Online reports.
The new service is set to kick off on 20 September and will make three round trips per week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
Hainan Airlines already has two flight routes to Italy’s capital, Rome, departing from Shenzhen and Chongqing. The airline said that its new route would support cultural and economic exchanges between the two countries.
Cathay Pacific currently operates several direct flights from Hong Kong to Milan per week, taking 13 hours and 15 minutes one way.
A city of 1.3 million people in Italy’s northern Lombardy region, Milan is considered the country’s commercial capital.