Dublin Airport regains its link to China, with the announcement Juneyao Air is to launch a new twice-weekly year-round route between Dublin and China’s largest city Shanghai.
The new service will start in March 2020 and will operate twice a week on Sundays and Thursdays.
The airline with use a Boeing 787-9. It will aircraft will operate with a stop in Helsinki, with an onward flight 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.
With the withdrawal of previous services, Shanghai remains Dublin Airport most unserved destination – with over 42,000 trips between Ireland and Shanghai a year.
Flights will depart Dublin at 10.00 arriving in Shanghai at 06.30 the next day. The return flight departs Shanghai at 0.55 arriving in Dublin at 08.45. The flights will be fitted with a Two-class cabin, 324 seats – 29 in Business Class and 295 seats in Economy.
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.”
Wang Junjin, Juneyao Air Chairman said
“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. 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.”
Another step to China.
With Hainan Airlines pulling the plug on its route and Cathay Pacific suspending their route to Hong Kong for the wither, this is a welcome connectivity boost for Dublin Airport, who gain a direct link back to Asia with Juneyao Air.
Whilst it is a one-stop flight, at least the connectivity option is now a possibility, as opposed to going via another hub (Heathrow, Paris CDG, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Abu Dhabi or Dubai).
With two “tag-on” flights a week, there is a minimal risk for Juneyao Air, whilst opening new traffic flows.
Of course, the interesting part will be if passengers take advantage of this direct link.
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