Hainan Airlines has added a direct flight between Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Brussels Airport three times a week, which is set to give bellyhold cargo traffic a boost at the Belgian gateway.
The flights are scheduled on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and will be operated by a Dreamliner 787-9. Services will start from 25 October 2017.
Hainan Airlines previously operated a direct flight between Brussels and Shanghai between May 2010 and December 2011.
Brussels Airport Company chief executive officer, Arnaud Feist says: “The non-stop connection Brussels-Shanghai offers both countries new growth opportunities, as it facilitates direct commercial relations and stimulates tourism.”
Hainan Airlines has been operating at Brussels Airport since 2006 and currently serves a daily direct route from Beijing.
Hainan Airlines marketing director, Ji Chun Liu adds business, leisure and trade between Belgium and China has been growing dramatically and the new route from Shanghai to Brussels will stimulate this growth.