Beginning April 10, passengers can travel to Mexico City from Wuhan by way of Guangzhou, according to the Hubei branch of China Southern Airlines. This is the first flight route to Mexico opened by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
The flight, CZ 377/378, flies three times a week using a Boeing 787. It departs at
11:30 P.M. on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday each week from Guangzhou and arrives in Mexico City at
5:15 A.M. local time the next day, after 18 hours and 45 minutes in the air. The return flight departs at 7:45 A.M. local time on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday each week from Mexico City and arrives in Guangzhou at 4:30 P.M. the next day, flying 19 hours and 45 minutes.
Wuhan passengers may fly to Mexico City with just one ticket. First, the flight to Guangzhou takes about 90 minutes; then passengers get off without carrying their luggage to go through the exit procedure before departure for Mexico City; a transfer which will take them about 90 minutes. The whole journey will only take about 22 hours to get to Mexico City from Wuhan.
Wuhan will continue to accelerate its internationalization process this year and will open more than three international flight lines. A direct flight to Sydney just opened early this year and an intercontinental route to St. Petersburg will also be opened this year. The opening of this flight to Mexico City makes it easier for Wuhan citizens to travel to Latin America. Though they need to transfer in Guangzhou, they can save about 10 hours on average compared with the previous flight line that required transferring in the United States.
Wuhan has opened 42 international and regional direct flight routes, with five of them being intercontinental; they include routes to Paris, San Francisco, Moscow, Rome, and Sydney. In addition, there is another long-distance route, the Wuhan-Dubai flight with a flight time of nine hours, which is almost the same time as the Wuhan-Moscow flight.