China Eastern Airlines will start a new route from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Stockholm Arlanda Airport from 16 June this year.
China’s second largest carrier will fly an Airbus A330-200 on the service four times a week, further expanding the route network from Stockholm.
Since 2013, 20 new long-haul routes have been established at the gateway, which said there is high demand for non-stop service to and from China, both among business and leisure travellers.
Over the past decade, air traffic between China and Sweden has doubled, and nearly 200,000 passengers fly each year between the two countries.
Trade is also growing and in 2017, Swedish exports to China grew 27 per cent compared to 2016 to 58.506 billion Swedish kronor ($7 billion) while imports grew seven per cent to 59.626 billion kronor. Shanghai is also the largest air cargo market for Swedish export goods.
The operator of Stockholm Arlanda Airport is Swedavia, and president and chief executive, Jonas Abrahamsson said: “China is an enormously important export market for Sweden, and there are many Swedish companies with operations established in the Shanghai region.
“The new direct route between Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Shanghai is thus vital to Swedish business and will also help make Sweden and Stockholm more attractive to the growing number of Chinese visitors.”