Delta plans direct flights between MSP and Shanghai

It would give the Twin Cities its first direct route into China.
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Delta is planning to introduce another Asian route direct from MSP International Airport, revealing plans to start nonstop flights between the Twin Cities and Shanghai.

The airline has submitted a federal filing to the Department of Transportation to launch the MSP-Shanghai route in June 2020.

The route would be flown by Delta's flagship Airbus A350-900 aircraft, and would become the first direct flight between Minnesota and China.

The move would be a huge lift for Minnesota's international business links, given Shanghai is China's most populous city (24.7M) and largest center for trade, finance, tech industries and business services.

"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," said Delta CEO Ed Bastian. 

"In addition to our Twin Cities customers, this new route will benefit travelers across the U.S. with more competition and options for service to Shanghai thanks to our connecting hub at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport."

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It's the second Asian route announced by Delta from MSP this year, with the airline revealing it intends to start direct flights to Seoul-Incheon in April next year.

Delta also flies nonstop to Tokyo-Haneda, while in other international flight news, Aer Lingus announced direct flights between MSP and Dublin, Ireland, starting next summer.

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