Manchester Airport, UK has signed an agreement with Shanghai, China to link northern England. Using the state-of – the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the Chinese airline Juneyao Air has selected the hub for its first ever UK flight. The news has been described as “a key step towards making the north one of the most profitable regions in the world” and is geared towards extracting hundreds of millions of pounds worth of trade, investment and tourism benefits.
It will be a boost for the 180,000 people and businesses within Manchester Airport’s catchment area who already travel to Shanghai, China, ranked as one of the top five global financial centres, each year.Chief Executive of Manchester Airport, UK, Andrew Cowan, said: “This news highlights the critical role that Manchester Airport plays in linking people and businesses across the north to the most important markets in the world.
“We saw first-hand how new routes to high-growth economies can open huge opportunities for trade, cultural and information exchange and that won’t be different.” Juneyao’s services initially operate via Helsinki on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.It will arrive into Manchester at 08:30 and depart for Shanghai, China at 10:00.
Juneyao will be running a Dreamliner on the road with cabins for business and economy. Juneyao Air Chairman Wang Junjin said: “Juneyao Air is pleased to release its first fifth-free route to Manchester, and we look forward to improving Manchester’s traffic development in the coming years. “This path will further enhance the tourism of Greater Manchester, as well as give Britain a chance to improve its trade and investment relations with China.”