Air China provides first non-stop service to China from Barcelona

Air China’s Shanghai Pudong to Barcelona

Air China launches Shanghai to Barcelona route

Preparing to cut the cake celebrating the launch of Air China’s new three times weekly non-stop service from Shanghai Pudong to Barcelona are: Oscar Oliver, Commercial Director Aeroports de Catalunya; Sonia Corrochano, Airport Director, Barcelona Airport; Enric Millo, Delegate of the Spanish Government in Catalonia; Lin Yu Tang, Deputy Ambassador to China in Barcelona; Wang Lei, Deputy Commercial Director for Europe, Air China; and Francisco Javier Rodríguez Mañas, Deputy Director for Strategy and Tourism Services at Tourspain.

  • Air China on 5 May began non-stop service between Shanghai Pudong (PVG) and Barcelona (BCN). The 9,860-kilometre route will be served three times weekly by the Star Alliance member’s 254-seat A330-200s. The date also marked the third anniversary of the airline’s first service from Beijing to Barcelona which operates via Vienna. Only four European airports are served non-stop by Air China from both Beijing and Shanghai; Frankfurt, Milan Malpensa, Munich and Paris CDG. Apart from Barcelona it also serves Madrid from Beijing. On all routes between China and Europe Air China is the market leader currently accounting for 22.3% of seat capacity, followed by Lufthansa (10.4%) and China Eastern Airlines (8.6%). According to OAG data 28 airlines currently offer non-stop flights between China and Europe. A decade ago the figure was 20 with Air China still having just under 23% of the market. See how Barcelona Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.


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