28 MAY 2018
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A partnership agreement between Glasgow Airport and Shanghai Airport Authority has been signed that will see the two work together to petition Chinese carriers to establish a direct air link between the west of Scotland and the Chinese city.
The partners say they are working together to share expertise and best practice in all aspects of airport business and exchange ideas to help to promote opportunities between the two cities and create an attractive environment for future direct air links.
The alliance follows lengthy discussion involving Shanghai Airport Authority's president and senior executives and Glasgow Airport officials on a shared vision for Scottish expansion into China and the appeal of Glasgow as the gateway to Scotland for Chinese visitors.
Glasgow Airport commercial director François Bourienne, who signed the memorandum of understanding for the airport, said the document represented a “unique opportunity”.
He added: “We are working alongside and sharing ideas with new colleagues from Shanghai Airport Authority, which is responsible for the two main airports, handling a combined total of 100m passengers a year.
“The alliance will ensure both partners not only learn from one another but work together to enhance further the growing business links between Scotland and China.”
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