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Scotland: Glasgow in line to be first city to offer direct flights to China
GLASGOW is in line to be the first city to offer direct flights from Scotland to China.
A landmark deal on aviation access will allow up to 50 per cent more flights to the country from the UK.
Glasgow Airport could now work with airlines to develop the new routes after previously expressing an interest in offering direct flights to China.
The deal could lead to an economic boost to Scotland worth hundreds of millions of pounds as well as creating new tourism opportunities.
Successful negotiations in October 2016 saw limits on passenger flights between Scotland and China rise from 40 per week to a maximum of 100.
In turn, the number of Chinese tourists visiting the UK has subsequently increased during the first half of this year.
Last year, 41,000 visits were made from China to Scotland, with a total of £36 million being spent by those visiting the country.
The value of exports to China has continued to grow in recent years, with £2.5 billion worth of goods exported from Scotland to China in the year ending September 2017.
The Scottish Whisky Association also reported sales have increased by 45 per cent in the first half of this year.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “Scotland is known around the globe for the quality of its produce – not least its world-famous whisky. This deal could provide more opportunities for Scottish exporters to trade with a hugely important market.
“I also want to see more people from around the world enjoying the natural beauty of Scotland and all the other tourist attractions the country offers.
“This agreement shows our relationship with China is going from strength to strength and points to a bright future for the UK after Brexit. I hope Scotland takes advantage by delivering its first direct route to China.”
  Source: Evening Times

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