China Eastern Airlines To Launch Shanghai-Riyadh Flights

China Eastern Airlines To Launch Shanghai-Riyadh Flights
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It has been revealed this week that China Eastern Airlines will launch new flights between Shanghai and Riyadh.

As reported by Gulf News, this was announced by the CEO of the Saudi Air Connectivity Programme.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

The New Shanghai-Riyadh Flights…


China Eastern Airlines To Launch Shanghai-Riyadh Flights
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The new flights between Shanghai and Riyadh with China Eastern Airlines will begin on April 8.

At this stage, flights will run on a thrice-weekly basis, with the annual capacity being 35,880 inbound seats per year.

Commenting on the news was the CEO of the Saudi Air Connectivity Programme, Majid Khan:

“The introduction of this new route with one of the world’s largest airlines is another step towards enhancing connectivity between Saudi Arabia and China, a key priority market for us,”

All of this falls under the Vision 2030 project that Saudi Arabia is currently undertaking.

Such new flights from China Eastern Airlines between Shanghai & Riyadh is part of a wider strategy.

Under this, the expectation is that the development of the aviation sector will see international tourism grow to 150 million visitors by 2030.

Great News for the Air Connectivity Programme…


China Eastern Airlines To Launch Shanghai-Riyadh Flights
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This is strong news once again for the Air Connectivity Programme.

Adding airlines like China Eastern Airlines on the Shanghai-Riyadh service further boosts their global presence.

We have seen other airlines grow it’s presence into the Middle Eastern country in recent months.

For example, Air India Express is adding flights to Jeddah from Mangaluru Airport.

On top of this, flynas recently announced the addition of flights into Berlin from Jeddah at ITB.

Finally, German carrier Eurowings unveiled new flights to Jeddah from Berlin and Cologne.

Slowly but surely, the Saudi Air Connectivity Programme are achieving their goals in terms of growth.

Overall…


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In conclusion, these new flights from China Eastern Airlines between Shanghai and Riyadh outlines growth for the kingdom.

Looking ahead, all eyes will be on how the service performs, as well as whether there is scope for expansion.

With the Kingdom looking to diversify economically, if they produce good results in this, then more airlines will follow.

But for now, let’s see how many more flights are added into Saudi Arabia following this.

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