Starting today, the Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines will carry out three direct flights a week between Brussels Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport. These flights are operated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with a Boeing Dreamliner 787-9, one of the world´s most modern aircraft. Today the Brussels – Shanghai route was officially opened at Brussels Airport, in the presence of Prime minister Charles Michel, Deputy Prime minister and minister of Employment, Economy and Consumers, Kris Peeters and minister of Transport François Bellot.
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Today, the new three weekly service between Brussels Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport by the Chinese carrier Hainan Airlines was inaugurated at Brussels Airport. These nonstop flights will further facilitate the current investment and export possibilities between the two countries and create new opportunities.
For years now, Belgium has had important contacts with Shanghai, and there is increasing interest from the business world in both countries. “In recent years, the Chinese metropolis has become an attractive destination for investments thanks to a steadily improving market position. Business leaders from both countries are reacting very positively to this new connection,” says Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company.
Hainan Airlines has been present at Brussels Airport for more than 10 years now and in the peak season provides a daily direct route between Beijing and Brussels Airport. After a memorandum of understanding was signed in Beijing last November, Hainan Airlines has now obtained the necessary slots at both airports to offer nonstop flights between Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Brussels Airport as well. “Since we started with our route from Beijing to Brussels in 2006, hundreds of thousands of people have been able to enjoy the universally-praised service that Hainan Airlines offers between Belgium and China,” explains Huo Wei, Vice President of Hainan Airlines. “Business and leisure trips between Belgium and China have already grown enormously in recent years, and our new offer of direct flights between Shanghai and Brussels will only accelerate this expansion.”