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China Southern Airlines to Launch Direct Guangzhou-Nairobi Flights

New route expected to boost China-Africa ties


Like Hong Kong, Guangzhou has established itself as an important city for the African community in Asia. Home to “Little Africa”, or as some people call it, “Chocolate City”, Guangzhou serves as an important economic destination for many traders from Africa looking for business opportunities in China.

With that, Guangzhou continues to grow in importance as an international travel hub with the announcement of new direct flights linking the capital of Guangdong Province to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

Beginning August 5, China Southern Airlines will begin to offer flights from Guangzhou to Nairobi, three times a week.

Lasting 11 hours 15 minutes, the flights are scheduled for each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Flights will depart Guangzhou at 0:45 am and arrive in Nairobi at 7 am local time the same day. The return flight will leave Nairobi at 1:35 pm local time and land in Guangzhou at 5:50 am Beijing time the next day.

“African countries and China have established strong economic ties. The launch of a direct flight connecting Nairobi and Guangzhou will ease travel and promote trade,” said Li Dongliang, head of sales for China Southern Airlines. Li added that this will boost tourism in Africa.

Kenya Airlines has offered direct flights from Nairobi to Guangzhou since 2013.

China Southern Airlines has also recently announced new direct flights from Shenzhen to destinations in Thailand and Japan.


Charles Liu

The Nanfang's Senior Editor