Wednesday 11 December 2019

Dublin Airport announces new flights to Shanghai with Juneyao

Dublin to Shanghai flights follow recent suspension of routes by Cathay Pacific and Hainan

Shanghai, China. Photo: Deposit
Shanghai, China. Photo: Deposit
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Dublin and Shanghai will soon be connected by a new Juneyao Air service, according to an announcement today by Dublin Airport.

The Chinese airline is set to launch the new, twice-weekly year-round route to Shanghai Pudong Airport next March 29, the airport said.

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The flights will operate on Sundays and Thursdays on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with a short stop in Helsinki on each leg.

Flights will depart Dublin at 10am arriving in Shanghai at 06.30 the next day. The return flight will depart Shanghai at 0.55, arriving in Dublin at 08.45.

“We see strong demand for travel between Ireland and Shanghai, and we are sure that this new service will grow the market by significantly improving the connectivity between Shanghai and Dublin," said its chairman, Wang Junjin.

"Our onward connections from Pudong Airport mean that this new service will link Dublin to the most energetic cities including Suzhou, Nanjing and Hangzhou in Eastern China, and the wider Asia-Pacific region and make it easier for Chinese tourists to experience everything that Ireland has to offer.”

The announcement follows a recent decision by Hainan Airlines to cease flights from Dublin to Shenzhen, and to suspend its Dublin-Beijing service over winter.

As protests continue in Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific has also put its service between Dublin and the city on ice until March of next year.

“This new service is great news for the entire Irish economy," said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.

"Shanghai is a major global economic hub and this new route will significantly boost Irish tourism and trade, making it easier for Irish firms to do business in China and enhancing the options for Chinese tourists wishing to visit Ireland.”

Chinese visitor numbers have been growing in Ireland - Tourism Ireland estimates that about 100,000 came last year, an 11pc increase as compared to 2017.

China is the world’s largest outbound travel market, and Fáilte Ireland has been running 'China Ready' programmes for hospitality businesses looking to prepare themselves for a targeted 175,000 visitors by 2025.

Juneyao Air started its first European route - to Helsinki - this summer. It also plans to launch routes to Athens and Manchester next year.

The privately-owned airline has full fifth freedom traffic rights for the new route, meaning it can also sell tickets for travel to and from Dublin and Helsinki.

In other news, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has announced a new daily service between Cork Airport and Amsterdam Schiphol from March 30 next.

Operated by KLM subsidiary, KLM Cityhopper, the service will use Embraer 175 and 190 aircraft, adding 41,000 seats from Cork over the summer season.

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