Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) has announced that China Eastern Airlines will operate nonstop seasonal charter services connecting Pittsburgh and Shanghai, China, starting today, August 3, 2018. This is the region’s first nonstop air link with China, making Pittsburgh a gateway for hundreds of Chinese tourists to visit the U.S. this summer.
China Eastern Airlines will fly its flagship Boeing 777-300ER, which carries 316 seats in a first/business/economy three-class configuration, on the new route. The first departure from Pittsburgh (PIT) to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) will occur the same day.
The flights are part of a partnership agreement between Pittsburgh International Airport, VisitPITTSBURGH, and Idea Foundry to help boost tourism and flight options between the Pittsburgh and Shanghai regions.
The partnership was developed with the help of Delante Partners, a specialist aviation and tourism advisory firm.
The Pittsburgh airport has seen a large growth rate in international passengers in the past year. So far in 2018, international passengers are up 27 percent. Pittsburgh already offers year-round and seasonal nonstop flights to major European cities including Frankfurt, Paris and Reykjavik. British Airways nonstop service to London Heathrow starts in April.