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Updated 11:29 AM EDT, Tue, Jun 16, 2020

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China-UK Flights to Increase 150% Following Deal

 An aerial view of the Lester B. Pearson airport as photographed from an airplane on August 28, 2012 in Toronto, Canada.

(Photo : Getty Images) An aerial view of the Lester B. Pearson airport as photographed from an airplane on August 28, 2012 in Toronto, Canada.

Flights between China and the United Kingdom are poised to more than double after the two nations agreed to increase the number of operations to 150 percent.

The move aims to boost trade and tourism for the UK as well as establish vital links for a post-Brexit Britain, the Guardian noted.

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There used to be 40 passenger flights allowed to operate per week; but under the new deal, the flight limit has been increased to up to 100 flights. Not only that, there will also be no more limit for the number of cargo flights allowed, according to the Sky News.

Flight destination restrictions have also been scraped by both countries, thus services can be operated anywhere between the two nations.

Describing the recent deal as a "big moment" for the UK, Chris Grayling, transport secretary, said that such "Strong connections with emerging markets like China are vital for us if we are to continue competing on the global economic stage."

"Hundreds of thousands of Chinese people visit the UK every year, spending hundreds of millions of pounds," he said. "Raising the number of permitted flights between the two countries will provide massive opportunities for our business, helping increase trade, create jobs and boost our economy up and down the country."

Chinese tourists visiting the UK nearly doubled between 2014 and 2015 to 46 percent to nearly 270,000, with a total estimated spending of $720 million.

Earlier this year, Manchester already launched the first direct flight between the UK and China. Charlie Cornish, CEO of Manchester Airports Group, said the newly introduced route "exceeded expectations" with operation 90 percent full over summer. He added that the new deal would surely boost the north.

Meanwhile, Adam Marshall, acting director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said that the move could serve as an avenue for encouraging investments.

"Relaxing the rules on flight with China sends a positive signal to current and potential global trading partners," he said, adding "We need more aviation capacity in the UK for this to be effective."

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