Air China restores Shanghai-Munich flight services

Airline staff with an Air China A350 at Munich Airport.
Photo Credit: Munich Airport

After a break of almost four years due to the pandemic, Air China has resumed flights between Munich Airport and the Chinese business metropolis of Shanghai as of Friday January 19.

The efficient widebody Airbus A350-900 long-haul aircraft are now being operated on this restored service three times a week.

Service restoration Shanghai – Munich

The flights will take place on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Arrival time in Munich is at 06:50 am and take-off for Shanghai is at 12:50 pm.

Group travel by Chinese nationals to Germany has been possible again without restrictions since August 2023. An increase in passenger numbers between Germany and China can therefore be expected this year.

At today’s comeback, passengers were welcomed and seen off with fortune cookies. With a hiatus of almost four years, Air China’s last passenger flight between Munich and Shanghai took place on March 6, 2020. 

2023 return of Beijing service

Long-haul services between Munich and the Chinese capital of Beijing were restored last year after an interruption of more than three years.


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On August 1, 2023 the Asian long-haul carrier returned to Munich airport with daily flights from Beijing, with the Boeing B777-300ER fleet.

This week’s restoration of Air China’s Shanghai flights comes as a further feather in the cap for Munich airport, which has now reached approximately 80% of pre-pandemic passenger volumes.

Munich Airport network restoration

The German hub entered 2024 amid the positive momentum, having seen passenger numbers rise by 5 million year on year in 2023 to a total of 37 million.

The various aviation hub now boasts over 200 destinations in 64 countries as it continues to restore its global route network.

Speaking on the airport’s performance statistics last week, Jost Lammers, CEO of Flughafen München GmbH had observed:

“The strong growth in passenger numbers in 2023 shows how well the aviation industry is recovering in Munich. This positive development is a sign of the high demand for air travel among the public and the business community alike.”

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