Chengdu Strives to Become Int’l Aviation Hub

Authors: Go Chengdu

2014-07-01

On April 12, 2014, CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) released a communique regarding the statistical productivity of china’s airports in 2013, publishing the business data including passenger traffic and cargo throughput in 2013. The statistics show the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport ranked fourth in the country and Chengdu is praised as the “Fourth Aviation City in China.”
Soft power: Chengdu’s market potential and the airport’s overall strength
Market potential
With the rapid economic development, Chengdu’s aviation market has been expanding, and the industry facing maturing opportunities of growth requires new breakthroughs.
“We are confident that the Chengdu-London direct route will be popular with our passengers, thanks to Chengdu’s robust economic growth and high-level internationalization,” said Willie Walsh, chief executive officer of International Airlines Group, parent company of British Airways, at the inaugural ceremony of the route last year.
“Chengdu has a huge market potential and will surely play a decisive role in the economic development of western China. That’s why we’ve decided to launch a non-stop flight to Chengdu, ” said Akbar Al Baker, chief executive officer of Qatar Airways, at the maiden flight ceremony for the route in September 2013 in Chengdu.
“Only a year after Chengdu hosted the Routes Asia 2012, Chengdu has opened 8 new international non-stop flight routes to cities including Melbourne, Frankfurt, London and Doha. Its huge market potential and development space attract the eyes of the whole world,” said Katie Bland, Director of the Routes business for UBM.
“AirAsia is willing to further broaden its aviation market in Chengdu due to its great market potential, attractive tourism resources and strong government support,” said Ta Sapeng, AirAsia China’s president, on his visit to CAAC Southwest Regional Administration.
Since 2014, at least 9 China-based and international airlines have visited CAAC Southwest Regional Administration to discuss about increasing routes to Chengdu. They express great desire to enter Chengdu’s aviation market.
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