After offering flights between Stockholm and Shanghai during summer 2018 and then suspending the service, the airline will now also operate the route in winter.
China Eastern Airlines opened a new route between Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Stockholm Arlanda to great fanfare on June 18, 2018, but after just three-and-a-half months with the new route the SkyTeam airline decided to suspend it starting in late October.
Now the route has returned and will be operated year-round with four weekly departures using an Airbus A330, the airport operator Swedavia reports.
This marks the second direct route between Sweden and China from the airport. In addition to China Eastern, Air China flies the Stockholm-Beijing route. Stockholm Arlanda says it is very significant that two of China’s biggest airlines have chosen to provide service to the Swedish capital.
Shanghai is one of China’s primary commercial centres but also boasts tourist attractions such as Yu Garden in the Old City or visiting one of the many teahouses.
China is an important market for Swedish companies, with about a third of Swedish operations in the country established in the Shanghai region.
The area’s high-speed rail network also provides access to much of the region and to the airport.
Shanghai is also a major hub for China Eastern, which means more options and increased access to connecting flights to other destinations in Asia.