The UK’s Manchester Airport has partnered with Chinese carrier Juneyao Air to establish air connections to Shanghai, China.

The move marks Juneyao Air’s first service in the UK. The airline will operate its flagship Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from the airport thrice a week.

This is expected to boost Manchester’s trade, investments and tourism, in addition to serving the 180,000 people and businesses who travel to Shanghai from Manchester each year.

Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan said: “This news underlines the critical role Manchester Airport plays in connecting people and businesses across the North to the world’s most important markets.

“We have seen first-hand how new routes to high-growth economies can unlock significant trade, cultural and knowledge exchange opportunities, and this will be no different.

“We are delighted that Juneyao Air has recognised everything the North has to offer, in terms of its business base, natural and cultural assets and world-leading universities, when choosing to launch this new service.”

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The service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays via Helsinki in Finland.

The flights will land at Manchester at 08:30 local time and leave for Shanghai at 10:00.

The Dreamliner offers passengers both business and economy class.

Juneyao Air chairman Wang Junjin said: “Juneyao Air is delighted to launch its first fifth-freedom route to Manchester, and we look forward to developing Manchester’s traffic growth in the coming years.

“This route will further promote Greater Manchester’s tourism, as well giving Britain an opportunity to boost its trade and investment links to China.”

Earlier this month, Manchester Airport Group (MAG) opened PremiAir, a private terminal for commercial airlines at Manchester Airport.

MAG also announced plans to open ‘aerozones’ as part of an initiative to connect its airports with local communities.