Birmingham Airport and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalise a working relationship and commit to developing links between the two cities.
At a ceremony held at the Routes Asia conference in Kunming, China recently, the MOU was signed by Birmingham Airport’s aviation development director William Pearson and Jammes Shen, director of aviation marketing at Guangzhou Baiyun Airport.
The agreement, which sees the two airports become ‘Sister Airports’, signifies commitment by both parties to collaborate on joint marketing campaigns, policy co-ordination and sharing best practice.
Jammes Shen, director of aviation marketing at Guangzhou Baiyun Airport with Birmingham Airport’s aviation development director William Pearson, signing the MOU at the Routes Asia conference in Kunming, China.
Speaking at the signing, Birmingham Airport’s aviation development director William Pearson, said: “We are delighted to establish this new partnership with Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, which we hope will pave the way for potential flights between the two cities in the future.
“This signing reflects our intent to work together, forging an effective working relationship and to develop mutually advantageous opportunities that will benefit both airports, as well as the cities of Birmingham and Guangzhou.”
Mr Jammes Shen, director of aviation marketing at Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, added: “Baiyun Airport and Birmingham Airport have signed a strategic co-operation framework agreement which will enhance the co-operation in areas such as hub construction, airport operation, joint marketing, airport service enhancement and airport resource sharing. By signing this agreement, Baiyun & Birmingham Airport can also contribute to the rapid development of the aviation market of Guangzhou and Birmingham.”
This partnership follows the recent announcement that non-stop charter flights between Birmingham and China will recommence in the summer. Operated by Hainan Airlines using a Boeing 767-300 aircraft, the twice weekly service to Beijing will begin on Friday 3rd July.
Non-stop flights to China from Birmingham are possible thanks to an investment by Birmingham Airport to extend its runway to enable longer haul flights. The development was opened in April 2014 by the Prime Minister and was inaugurated by the first Birmingham-Beijing charter service in July 2014.