China Eastern Airlines announced that they would fly between Shanghai and Sendai from October 18.
It is the first international flight arriving and departing Sendai Airport on regular basis in five years.
It flies four times a week, departing Shanghai on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, arriving Sendai at 7:50 pm. Return flight departs Sendai on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays at 9:00 am. Its flight time is about three hours.
More Chinese tourists are expected to visit Tohoku as the Japanese government just started from July issuing multiple entry visa to Chinese tourists who plan to visit three quake-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.
All scheduled international flights to and from Sendai Airport are resumed as before the earthquake when the services to Changchun started from July 30.
With the Shanghai services, 23 return flights will be available from Sendai that exceeds 20 before the quake.