Delta proposes a nonstop flight between MSP and Shanghai
Delta Air Lines wants to fly nonstop from the Twin Cities to Shanghai and is seeking government approval to do so.
The airline submitted a request to the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin daily nonstop service from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in June 2020, Delta announced Monday.預訂機票
If approved, it would be the first nonstop route ever between Minnesota and mainland China, fulfilling Delta’s long-stated commitment to providing Minneapolis-St. Paul with a direct connection there.
Both the U.S. and China limit the number of new routes that can be added by carriers from the other nation. Some U.S. carriers are not currently using the flight privileges granted to them and Delta is asking federal regulators to transfer those rights to it.
Earlier this summer, American Airlines announced it would end nonstop service between Chicago and Beijing and between Chicago and Shanghai this month, citing the financial losses it was suffering on those routes. Hawaiian Airlines also suspended its Honolulu-Beijing route this month.
Delta currently operates nonstop service to Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport from its U.S. hubs in Seattle, Los Angeles, Detroit and its hometown, Atlanta.
The airline also must receive approval from the Chinese government. Delta has a close partnership with Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines, in which it owns a nearly 4 percent stake. Delta executives said that relationship will help build its case with Chinese authorities.
Transborder air travel has been liberalized by the creation of open skies agreements, which create an international policy framework meant to encourage free-market competition. The U.S. and China do not have an open skies agreement, however. Airline travel between the two nations is regulated by a treaty that, in part, limits the reach of U.S. airlines into China and vice versa.
“Any [new air service”> between the U.S. and China is a multistep process,” said Morgan Durrant, spokesman for Delta. “If we are successful, which we are highly confident we will be, we will get the route on the schedule and start selling tickets.”
The announcement comes just months after Delta unveiled plans for a nonstop flight between MSP and Seoul, South Korea, starting in April 2019. Delta also flies a daily nonstop between MSP and Tokyo’s Haneda airport. No other airlines fly nonstop to Asia from MSP.
“We are honored to be proposing the first-ever nonstop flight between Minneapolis-St. Paul and China as we continue to expand across the Pacific,” Ed Bastian, Delta’s chief executive, said in a statement.
Shanghai is the largest Asian market without nonstop service from MSP and the Minnesota business community has long campaigned for better direct access to it.
“Direct service to China would be a tremendous benefit to the Minnesota business and hospitality communities,” said Brian Ryks, chief executive of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which operates MSP. “By seeking federal approval to fly the route, Delta is once again reaffirming its ongoing commitment to the Twin Cities and creating opportunities for people and businesses throughout the region.”