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Airline SAS to resume direct flights to China, suspended since January

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FILE PHOTO: Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) planes are pictured at the Arlanda airport, north of Stockholm
FILE PHOTO: Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) planes are pictured at the Arlanda airport, north of Stockholm

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Scandinavian airline SAS <SAS.ST> said on Thursday that it was resuming direct flights to China from the Nordic region, after they had been suspended since Jan. 31 due to the pandemic.

The airline, part-owned by Sweden and Denmark, said it would carry out weekly flights from Copenhagen to Shanghai from Sept. 29, aiming to resume flights to Beijing at the end of October.

"After approval from Chinese authorities, SAS can now meet the demand that exists for business travel and transport," the airline said in a statement.

SAS said earlier this week that it would proceed with its recapitalization plan, aimed at seeing it through the collapse in air travel caused by the coronavirus, after an extraordinary general meeting voted in favour of it.

(Reporting by Helena Soderpalm; editing by Niklas Pollard)