Heathrow is gaining a new destination in China with Wuhan being added to the airport’s network.

China Southern Airlines is to start flying to the city in central China from May 30.

Three flights a week have been scheduled to run until October 26.

The new route will be served on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, using an Airbus 330-200.

Divided by the Yangtze and Han rivers, Wuhan was once an inland port. It is now spread across three main peninsulas, connected by bridges.

China Southern Airlines UK and Ireland commercial manager Nick Newman said: “Adding Wuhan to our portfolio marks another important step in making parts of China beyond just Beijing and Shanghai more accessible and attractive for UK travellers.

“The city is rich in history and therefore not only appeals to those with wanderlust but also serves as a strong commercial centre for business travellers.”