Manchester Airport to launch first direct flights to Shanghai

By Lisa James
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A direct service between Manchester and Shanghai will launch on 1 July.

The flights, operated by Juneyao Air on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, will run three times a week, on Monday, Friday and Sunday.

It’s the first time passengers will be able to fly direct from the north of England to the Chinese financial capital.

Juneyao Air Chairman Wang Junjin said: “In late 2019, we announced the launch of the Shanghai-Manchester route in cooperation with Manchester Airport; but we had to postpone the flight schedule due to the pandemic. However, our internationalisation strategy never ends.

“I am delighted to see that with the joint efforts of all parties, the Shanghai-Manchester route will resume this July, becoming the first direct scheduled passenger route between Shanghai and Manchester.”

Manchester Airport Managing Director Chris Woodroofe said: “The fact that Juneyao Air has chosen Manchester as its first UK service is a huge boost to the region for so many reasons. It will allow people to travel and see one of the world’s most incredible cities, open up opportunities for business and trade with China’s financial hub and help the North’s Chinese community connect with their family and friends.

“Not only will visitors from Shanghai get access to the great cities and regions of the North, including, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, North Wales and the Scottish borders, this route will give them a great new entry point to the UK as a whole.

“We look forward to working with Juneyao to make this route a success.”

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