Chengdu, Fourth Largest Aviation Hub in Chinese Mainland

Authors: Go Chengdu


On December 10, 2015, with the smooth landing of flight CA4194 on the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, captain Meng Feng witnessed a historic leap made by the airport: it became the fourth airport in the Chinese mainland with its annual passenger traffic exceeding 40 million, following those in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
It is the second time for Meng to experience such a special moment of the airport. On December 12,2012, when he landed flight CA4440 on the airport, the passenger volume of the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport reached a record 30 million.
The symbolic number marks Chengdu's significant breakthrough in developing the aviation market, by which the city had henceforth become the air traffic hub in central and western China, according to Chen Zhongwei, director of Chengdu Municipal Logistics Management Office.
Over the recent years, maintaining an annual double-digit growth in the passenger throughout, the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport has become one of the top 50 airports in the world.
Having been keeping a strong growth trajectory from the year of 2012, the airport saw its passenger throughput hitting 10 million in 2004,20 million in 2009 and 30 million in 2012. In 2011, its passenger volume reached 29.074 million, outnumbering for the first time that of Shenzhen airport and ranking fifth among all of its counterparts in the Chinese mainland.
For all airports around the world, a passenger traffic of 30 million is an obstacle. When the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport strode the hurdle in 2012,it entered the global busiest airports list, and is becoming much busier and far more popular than ever.
By the end of August, Chengdu had launched air link to 199 cities across the globe, including 74 overseas, and opened 258 routes including 89 international/regional ones. It has topped the country's central and western regions in terms of international/regional routes and destinations. So far, the city's international air traffic network has covered North America, Europe, Middle East, Oceania and important hub cities in Asia.
As an international logistics hub and a gateway to Europe and Asia, Chengdu, with a forward-looking vision and strategic mindset, is energetically expanding its air links with the outside world. Its "one-day travel with global reach" international air network has taken initial shape, contributing a lot to the city's opening up to the outside world and accelerating its pace of becoming an international metropolis.
According to Chengdu's 13th Five-Year Plan on the development of modern logistics industry, between 2016 and 2020 the city will go all out to open more than 100 international/regional air routes, including over 70 non-stop ones, expand its 4-hour-plane ride Asia air network, increase the flight frequency of its 10-hour-ride intercontinental airlines and develop transoceanic intercontinental long-distance routes.
In the next five years, Chengdu, while improving its airport transfer services and ground services and bettering its infrastructure and various processes, will give priority to opening strategic international routes to North America, Australia, Africa, Europe, Middle East and southeast Asia, etc., increasing the flight frequency of existing routes, making the airlines based in the city bigger and stronger, and introducing more international airlines to launch operations in the city.
With its rapid growth in the air transportation industry and accelerated pace of becoming a state-level international aviation hub, Chengdu has become home to lots of international and domestic airlines. By now, there have been eight airlines based in the city, topping all of its counterparts in western China, and around 50 international and/or domestic airlines have launched business operations here.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China has positioned Chengdu as one of China's four opening international aviation hubs in its 13th Five-Year Plan.
As the fourth largest aviation hub in the Chinese mainland, Chengdu is on its way to becoming a state-level international aviation hub and western China's comprehensive traffic hub, leading western China's development in the aviation industry.

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