Ireland has regained its air transport links to China, with the announcement by Chinese airline Juneyao Air of its new year-round twice-weekly flight from Shanghai to Dublin, commencing in March 2020.
The new route will operate on Sundays and Thursdays, with a short stop in Helsinki on each leg of the service before continuing onward to Shanghai Pudong Airport. From there, further connections across the Juneyao network are available to 40 Chinese destinations and 10 others in the Asia-Pacific region.
The airline will use a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the route, with 295 seats in economy and 29 seats in business.
The news follows the Chinese carrier’s recent announcement of a three times weekly service between Manchester and Shanghai via Helsinki.
Ireland had recently suffered the loss of Cathay Pacific’s Dublin to Hong Kong Route, as well as Hainan Airlines’s cancelled services to Beijing and Shenzen. Cathay Pacific has since said the route will resume on 29th March 2020.
Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Juneyao Air’s new service to Shanghai, which will link Ireland to one of the world’s great cities. This new service is great news for the entire Irish economy. 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.”
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Today’s announcement is good news for Irish tourism in 2020 and beyond, as we continue the roll-out of our market diversification strategy. We’re looking forward to working closely with Juneyao Air, Dublin Airport Authority and other tourism interests, to maximise the promotion of this new service.”