Stockholm Arlanda celebrated the start of direct flights to Shanghai Pudong with China Eastern Airlines on 16 June. Cutting the ceremonial ribbon to mark the launch of services were Karl Wistrand, VP, Swedavia; Niklas Johansson, State Secretary of Trade and Innovation Minister Mikael Damberg; Tian Liuwen, VP China Eastern Airlines; Gui Congyou, China’s Ambassador in Sweden; Hu Zhenming, COO, China Eastern Airlines; and Peder Grunditz, Airport Director, Stockholm Arlanda Airport.
- China Eastern Airlines introduced two new routes to its network on 16 June, launching flights from Shanghai Pudong (PVG) to Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) and from Xining (XNN) to Taipei Taoyuan (TPE). The 7,776-kilometre connection to Arlanda will operate four times per week on its A330-200s while the 2,222-kilometre Xining-Taoyuan sector will be flown weekly on Saturdays using A319s. Neither airport pair faces any direct competition. Speaking about the launch of services from Pudong to Arlanda, Jonas Abrahamsson, President and CEO of Swedavia said: “China is an enormously important export market for Sweden, and there are many Swedish companies with operations established in the Shanghai region. The new direct route between Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Shanghai is thus vital to Swedish business and will also help make Sweden and Stockholm more attractive to the growing number of Chinese visitors.” See how Stockholm Arlanda Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.