China Eastern Airlines launched flights between Shanghai Pudong and Iwate-Hanamaki in Japan on 30 January, a route that the airline will operate twice-weekly. The Japanese airport had a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the route. Based on OAG Schedules Analyser data, this is China Eastern Airlines’ 16th route to Japan from Pudong.
- China Eastern Airlines launched flights between Shanghai Pudong (PVG) and Iwate-Hanamaki (HNA) in Japan on 30 January. The SkyTeam member will operate the 1,975-kilometre route twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) using its fleet of A320s. Based on OAG Schedules Analyser data, no other airline currently connects the two airports. This becomes China Eastern’s 16th route to Japan from Shanghai Pudong this winter, with it already connecting the airport to Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kogoshima, Komatsu, Matsuyama, Nagasaki, Nagoya, Niigata, Okayama, Okinawa, Osaka Kansai, Sapporo Chitose, Shizuoka, plus Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita airports. Overall China Eastern operates 169 weekly departures from Shanghai Pudong to destinations in Japan. Shanghai becomes only the second international destination from Iwate-Hanamaki, with Tigerair Taiwan currently operating a twice-weekly service from Taipei Taoyuan. In 2017, Iwate-Hanamaki handled 432,507 passengers based on data from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, with this marking a 2.5% increase in passenger numbers versus the airport’s result for 2016.