Juneyao Air of China was planning to launch a major expansion into Europe, with planned new routes to Manchester, Dublin and Reykjavik in the next season, using Helsinki as a hub. However, it seems these plans are now on ice.
In a statemennt, the airline has annouced it is suspending plans for expainsion
It might not have been announced that long ago, but Juneyao Air’s Manchester-Helsinki-Shanghai service has been indefinitely postponed, although Helsinki to Shanghai will continue at a reduced frequency. pic.twitter.com/2FykEU2q8D
— Ashley Quint ✈ 🌴 (@LuxuryTravelled) February 22, 2020
Passengers booked on these services will be given a full refund.
Meanwhile the Helsinki – Shanghai route will go through a frequency cut, with plans to grow again in the summer:
- 22nd February to 28th March – One flight a week on Saturdays
- 29th March to 30th June – Three flights a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
- 1st July to 24th October – Daily Service
The operations are subject to change as the Cronovirus situation develops.
Plotting a return at the right time.
For Juneyao Airlines, Europe was big on their expansion list. However, conditions beyond their control have forced their hand to abandon their planned European expansion.
For now, the airline will join the other carriers who are working their way through survival.
And for some Chinese airlines, that could end up being a real issue sooner rather than later.
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