China Southern Airlines announced (30-Mar-2012) it will add 43 new routes including 40 domestic and three international routes during the 2012 summer season between 25-Mar-2012 and 27-Oct-2012. Capacity on the carrier’s international routes will account for 27.2% of the carrier’s total capacity during the season, which the carrier plans to increase to 30% by the end of 2012. During the peak travel season, China Southern stated it will operate 516 routes including 400 domestic, 92 international and 24 regional. International network plans include:
- Guangzhou-London Heathrow: Scheduled for launch on 06-Jun-2012;
- Guangzhou-Amsterdam: Adding two weekly flights from 09-Apr-2012 and a further two weekly flights to daily frequency from 13-Jun-2012;
- Guangzhou-Vancouver: Increased to five times weekly;
- Beijing-Tehran: Increased to four times weekly. [more - original PR - Chinese]
China Southern stated by the end of the year, the carrier will have 175 flights per week to Southeast Asia.