To meet the growing demand between Sweden and China, China Eastern is adding a new long-haul service between Stockholm and Shanghai this summer.

Starting June 16, China Eastern will start flights operating four-times a week between Shanghai-Pudon and Stockholm-Arlanda. The Shanghai-based carier will use Airbus A330 aircraft on the route.

“It is very gratifying that there will now be a direct route between Stockholm and Shanghai. China is an important and growing trading partner, while Chinese tourists are a driver in the strong growth in the Swedish tourism industry. So China Eastern’s launch of service is important for both economic growth and job creation,” says Sweden’s Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Mikael Damberg.

“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,” says Jonas Abrahamsson, president and chief executive of Swedavia.

“It is incredibly good news for the entire Stockholm region and all the Swedish companies that have offices in Shanghai that China Eastern has decided to launch service from Stockholm to Shanghai. With this new air link, two important growth cities are more closely connected to one another, which will hopefully lead to even more trade between the cities,” says Karin Wanngård, the mayor of Stockholm.

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