China Southern Airlines looks set to add a second nonstop route to London later this year, with flights from the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
The carrier has yet to confirm the news, but local website xinhuanet.com, as well as aviation development website blueswandaily.com, suggest the Wuhan-London Heathrow service will launch on May 30, with a thrice weekly service operated by A330-200 aircraft.
It is also understood the airline will launch a three times weekly route between Guangzhou and Rome Fiumicino in July.
China Southern currently flies twice daily between London Heathrow and Guangzhou, having doubled its daily frequency in June last year.
There are currently no nonstop flights between London and Wuhan – Air France previously operated a nonstop service from Paris, but this was dropped in 2014.