10.01.2020 Direct Flights between Manchester and Shanghai Start Operating in 2020

10.01.2020 Direct Flights  between Manchester and Shanghai Start Operating in 2020

The new direct flight route between Manchester and Shanghai has been announced for the first time, which is hailed as a huge economic boost for Manchester and the north of England.

Juneyao Air has announced that, from March 2020, three weekly flights will be operated between Manchester International Airport and Shanghai.

It is estimated that 180,000 people and businesses currently travel from the catchment area of Manchester International to Shanghai. Shanghai is home to 25 million people and is considered as one of the most integral commercial and financial hubs in Asia. Therefore, he new route is establishing new investment links between Shanghai and the North of England.

Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport said “This news underlines the critical role Manchester Airport plays in connecting people and businesses across the North to the world’s most important markets”.

“We have seen first-hand how new routes to high-growth economies can unlock significant trade, cultural and knowledge exchange opportunities and this will be no different.”

With more investment spreading to Manchester and the north from the Far East, it’s hoped that the new Shanghai route will now have a similarly positive impact on Manchester’s economy as a direct flight route between Beijing and Manchester introduced in 2016 (this connection is considered to have contributed to 41% rise in exports value, 38% increase in Chinese visitors and 94% boost in average spend per visit).

“This route will further promote Greater Manchester’s tourism, as well giving Britain an opportunity to boost its trade and investment links to China,” said Wang Junjin, Chairman of Juneyao Air.

“Forging closer links between China and the Northern Powerhouse is crucial to increasing the contribution the North makes to the UK economy and reinforces the role of Manchester Airport as the global, long-haul gateway to the North – a Heathrow for the North bringing investment, growth and skilled jobs to the region,” added Henri Murison, Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.