Chinese airline Juneyao Air has indefinitely suspended its planned twice-weekly Dublin to Shanghai passenger service, blaming the impact of coronavirus which continues to massively disrupt travel.
The Chinese airline had been scheduled to launch the new year-round route on March 29 connecting Dublin with Shanghai’s Pudong Airport via a short stopover in Helsinki.
“With careful consideration Juneyao Air has decided to postpone the starting date for its new service between Dublin and Shanghai until further notice,” the airline said.
People who have already booked for the service will be refunded, the airline said, adding that it had been “a very hard decision” to cancel the route.
The original announcement of the Juneyao service had been a boost to Irish-China connections after the earlier decision by Hainan Airlines to cease flights from Dublin to Shenzhen, and to suspend its Dublin-Beijing service over winter.
Cathay Pacific’s service between Dublin and Hong Kong is currently on ice until March.
Juneyao Air started its first European route - to Helsinki – last summer and planned to extend that to Dublin, Athens and Manchester this year.