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Old May 28th, 2016, 03:37 PM   #81
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Can somebody change the title to "Chengdu Area Airports" or at least "Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport" ?
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Old June 18th, 2016, 08:47 AM   #85
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New Chengdu airport on course for 2020
17 June 2016
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Chengdu will have its second international airport in operation by 2020 to become the third city in China to have two airports for commercial flights, after Beijing and Shanghai, if work proceeds on schedule.

Construction started last month and is expected to finish in 2019, according to the airport authority.

Pan Gangjun, general manager of the Sichuan Province Airport Group Co, said three runways will be built. The airport will able to handle 40 million passengers and 700,000 tons of cargo annually by 2025.

The long-term plan is six runways, 90 million passengers and 2 million tons of cargo, Pan said.

Called Chengdu Tianfu International Airport, the new facility is located in Jianyang, about 50 kilometers from downtown Chengdu. The airport is expected to cost nearly 72 billion yuan ($10.9 billion).

According to Pan, it will include international passenger routes and most international cargo routes in the future, while the existing airport, about 16 km from downtown Chengdu, will be limited to domestic flights and some international cargo routes.

The plan to build a second airport for Chengdu was no surprise. The current Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is the fourth-busiest in China, behind Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

It handled 42 million passengers last year, up 12 percent year-on-year. But industry insiders estimated an annual 62 million passengers would be using the airport by 2020, far exceeding its designed capacity of 50 million.
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Old August 7th, 2016, 07:27 AM   #87
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New Silk Road boosts Chengdu's opening-up
23 July 2016
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As the starting point of the South Silk Road which predates the ancient Silk Road, Chengdu used to be an important trade hub connecting China to South and Central Asia.

Today the city is connected to a broader area by the new Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Maritime Silk Road via intercontinental railways and international air routes. The cargo transported on the new Silk Roads no longer consists of silk, tea or lacquer, but mainly high-tech products such as computer chips, laptops and iPads.

In June, two Land Rover vehicles were brought from Europe to Chengdu through the Chengdu-Europe route of the China Railway Express.

China-Europe express trains are expected to import more than 1,000 finished automobiles from Europe to Chengdu in the latter half of this year, according to Chengdu Customs.

In line with the Belt and Road Initiative, the Chengdu-Europe express rail service began operation on April 23, 2013, linking Chengdu with Lodz, Poland. By June 20, the service had run 226 journeys.

The Chengdu-Europe route is the fastest and most frequently used direct freight service from China to Europe. A one-way trip takes only 10 and a half days, according to Chen Zhongwei, director of Chengdu Port and Logistics Office.

"The express rail (service) gives Chengdu an advantage over eastern coastal cities when it come to trading with Europe, because it is faster than transporting goods by sea," he said.

The Chengdu-Europe route was extended in April this year to Kutno, another city in central Poland, which enables Chengdu to further link to Nuremberg in Germany, and Tilburg in the Netherlands, Chen said.

Under the "Chengdu-Europe Plus" strategy, the express rail will be connected to more logistics hubs in Europe, including France, Belgium, Russia and Turkey. In China, it is expanding to cities including Shanghai, Shenzhen, Xiamen and Kunming. The express rail service is expected to run 400 journeys this year and 1,000 journeys next year.

The city is currently upgrading its domestic railway network and, by 2020, it will be possible to travel between Chengdu and Chongqing and other nearby cities within an hour; major cities such as Xi'an, Kunming, Guiyang and Wuhan within four hours; and to the Yangtze River Delta, Pearl River Delta and Bohai Rim area within eight hours.

The city is also building itself into a world-class aviation hub. Construction began on a new airport - Chengdu Tianfu International Airport - on May 27 in Jianyang, about 50 kilometers from downtown Chengdu. With an investment of 71.86 billion yuan ($11.7 billion), the airport will be completed in 2019 and go into operation in 2020.

This will make Chengdu the third city on the Chinese mainland to have two international airports, after Beijing and Shanghai.

The first phase will have the capacity to handle 320,000 flights, 40 million passengers and 700,000 metric tons of cargo annually by 2025.

The long-term target is to have an annual capacity of 90 million passengers and two million tons of cargo.

Pan Gangjun, general manager of the Sichuan Province Airport Group Co, said the new airport will operate international passenger routes and most international cargo routes in the future, while the existing airport, about 16 km from downtown Chengdu, will be limited to domestic flights and some international cargo routes.

Through the intercity railway, highways and subway linked to the new airport, passengers can easily reach downtown Chengdu and its neighboring cities.

The new airport is expected to increase capacity and further boost the city's appeal to investors.

"The new airport will strengthen Chengdu's position as western China's transportation hub, and accelerate the economic development of the city," said Deng Ling, a professor of economics at Sichuan University. Deng said the new airport will also enhance the opening-up of Chengdu and Sichuan province, and help to promote the development of the Silk Road Economic Belt and Yangtze River Economic Belt.

Sheng Yi, deputy director of the Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences, said the new airport will help the city attract talent and resources, enhance international exchanges and boost industrial development. The long-term target is to have an annual capacity of 90 million passengers and two million tons of cargo.
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Old October 21st, 2016, 10:18 AM   #88
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Air China plane ‘flew off in wrong direction’ after take-off
Pilot realised error and flight was directed back to correct flight path from Chengdu to Lhasa, according to news website report

South China Morning Post
18th October 2016
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An airliner flew off in the wrong direction after taking off from an airport in southwest China and had to be directed back on track by air traffic controllers, according to a news website report. The Air China aircraft had left Chengdu airport in Sichuan province on Sunday morning heading for Lhasa in Tibet, but immediately deviated off course, according to Thepaper.cn.

Air traffic controllers had given the crew a flight route, but the plane headed in the opposite direction, according to the report. The pilot of flight CA4401 then realised the mistake and contacted the air traffic control centre who rescheduled the aircraft’s route. The report did not say how long it took for the pilot to realise an error had been made. The online flight tracking service Flightradar24 also noticed the flight path had deviated from its normal course.

Air China issued a warning to its pilots after the incident asking them to stay alert and strengthen checks during flights, the report said. “The aircrew must always be aware of flight safety and avoid making mistakes on the route or when entering and departing from the airport,” the report quoted the airline statement as saying. “We must ensure safety as the year end approaches.” The report said planes flying off a designated flight route can be extremely dangerous, sometimes causing accidents.

The incident comes after air traffic controllers at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport instructed a China Eastern Airlines plane to take off as another jet was taxiing across its path last week. The error almost caused the two planes to collide, according to the civil aviation authority.

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is the fourth busiest in the mainland, ranking behind hubs in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, according to the report.
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Old October 29th, 2016, 11:35 AM   #89
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Is there really going to be that much demand to justify a new mega airport when there already is one under construction i neighboring Chongqing? I mean the two cities are what, one hour apart by train? I get the feeling here that local politicians are more concerned by what their neighbors are doing than planning rationally.

Chongqing has a mega airport, so must Chengdu or we will be at a competitive disadvantage, is the rationale I am sensing here. it is a bit like USA in the 1970s, when over sized airports were built left to right just because otherwise they would be left in the dust because the neighboring cities would run away with all the investors.
I agree with you but only from the standpoint that the Chengdu should not continue with Shuangliu; Chengdu does indeed need a new, bigger airport - no doubt. But it does not need a new bigger airport AND keep operating Shuangliu. To me I think it is more of the Chengdu infatuation with trying to be like Beijing and Shanghai (hey, I am like you 'see' I too have 2 airports).

I have no problem with Tianfu and Chongqing Jiangbei T3a+b. As was said, these are two very large cities and a region over 120m; they are direly needed (particularly need Chongqing's mega airport T3 to open at the moment because the current Jiangbei T1 and T2 is WAY TOO SMALL for 30M m+ pax per year).
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Old October 30th, 2016, 01:26 AM   #90
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I agree with you but only from the standpoint that the Chengdu should not continue with Shuangliu; Chengdu does indeed need a new, bigger airport - no doubt. But it does not need a new bigger airport AND keep operating Shuangliu. To me I think it is more of the Chengdu infatuation with trying to be like Beijing and Shanghai (hey, I am like you 'see' I too have 2 airports).

I have no problem with Tianfu and Chongqing Jiangbei T3a+b. As was said, these are two very large cities and a region over 120m; they are direly needed (particularly need Chongqing's mega airport T3 to open at the moment because the current Jiangbei T1 and T2 is WAY TOO SMALL for 30M m+ pax per year).
Well it depends on how the airline industry in China develop, right now there are many smaller airlines that in the future will consolidate into a few larger ones, when that happens many secondary "hubs" will disappear, this we have seen over and over in USA and Europe.

It has not happened in China yet but it surely will. Both in USA and Europe there are many over-sized airports as a consequence of folding and merging airlines. Some good examples would be Madrid airport (Iberia downsizing and merging with BA), Milano airport (Alitalia downsizing), Brussels airport (Sabena folding), Pittsburgh airport (US Airways downsizing), Kansas airport (TWA closing and moving), Saint Louis airport (TWA folding) and there are many more examples.

In Washington they built Dulles and kept National open ending up with two underused airports, in fact after 50 years Dulles is still underused.
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Old October 30th, 2016, 09:59 AM   #91
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Well it depends on how the airline industry in China develop, right now there are many smaller airlines that in the future will consolidate into a few larger ones, when that happens many secondary "hubs" will disappear, this we have seen over and over in USA and Europe.

It has not happened in China yet but it surely will. Both in USA and Europe there are many over-sized airports as a consequence of folding and merging airlines. Some good examples would be Madrid airport (Iberia downsizing and merging with BA), Milano airport (Alitalia downsizing), Brussels airport (Sabena folding), Pittsburgh airport (US Airways downsizing), Kansas airport (TWA closing and moving), Saint Louis airport (TWA folding) and there are many more examples.

In Washington they built Dulles and kept National open ending up with two underused airports, in fact after 50 years Dulles is still underused.
I do think you underestimate and don't understand China and Chinese aviation well enough.

First and foremost, China may be building hundreds of airports but few are huge. In fact, the designated major international hubs are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Kunming, the majority of which are already near or at designed capacity which is why Beijing, Shanghai and Kunming are getting their second airports - they can't cope with forecasted growth in domestic AND international demand. Furthermore, China doesn't have a lot of usable land to allow cities to add more than two airports so the 2nd airport must account for all of the future including long term future demand.

Secondly, Chengdu and Chongqing, solely looking at city populations are not small by any means unlike Brussels, Milan, St Louis and the like. They have the population to justify mega airports, merely with the rise in disposal income comes with a higher propensity to travel. Just look at the international routes launched in 2016 out of Chengdu - virtually all, especially to Southeast Asia, have multiple carriers offering largely leisure destinations, and CTU is already handling 43m passengers. Chongqing doesn't have the population to justify frequent leisure travel at the moment but things are changing as the city's niche was recently defined in the 13th 5 year plan, which will see Chongqing focusing on finance, hospitality and tourism, as well as pharmaceuticals, in contrast to Chengdu which is a more industrial and defence focused industry.
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Old November 3rd, 2016, 11:22 AM   #92
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Guardian Excerpt
BA scraps service to Chinese city cited by airport expansionists
Heathrow service to megacity Chengdu is not commercially viable, says airline on eve of decision about new runway
Oct. 24, 2016

Chengdu was where British business would fly to and build trade links if only Heathrow was big enough, according to prominent backers of airport expansion.

But less than three years after British Airways found a Heathrow slot to fly to the Chinese megacity, and on the eve of a decision to build a new runway, the airline has dropped the route because it is not commercially viable.

BA launched direct flights to Chengdu, its fourth Chinese destination, in late 2013, and ran return flights five times a week. Even after having trimmed down the frequency and switched to a smaller, Boeing 787 plane, BA has confirmed that the service will end this January.

Before it announced the new service, the lack of links to Chengdu had been highlighted by Heathrow and politicians as a major example of how capacity constraints at the airport were stopping Britain connecting to the world, especially to “emerging markets”. However, it now appears few people want to fly there.
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Old November 18th, 2016, 12:51 PM   #93
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World-class aviation hub to take off
China Daily Excerpt
18 November 2016

Chengdu, the largest aviation hub in central and western China, is closely tied to the world by many international air routes.

Air China launched a direct route between Chengdu and Sydney on Nov 11, the second direct flight between Chengdu and Australia after the Chengdu-Melbourne route.

The direct flight runs three roundtrips a week, departing from Chengdu every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, and from Sydney every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Flights are by Airbus 330-200, and a one-way trip takes about 13 hours.

On Nov 7, the new Airbus A350- 900 arrived in Chengdu for the first time and went on display at the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport the next day.

Sichuan Airlines announced in September that it will introduce four A350-900 aircraft to operate its new international flights from Chengdu, including a direct flight to New York. The aircraft are expected to be in use by 2017.

In December, Sichuan Airlines will launch a non-stop route between Chengdu and Dubai, the third route linking Chengdu to the Middle East. In the same month, it will also open an international flight to Los Angeles.
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Heavy fog strands 10,000 at Chengdu airport
Xinhua
8 Dec. 2016

CHENGDU - More than 10,000 passengers have been stranded at an airport in Chengdu since Wednesday night, as flights have been delayed or canceled due to heavy fog in the southwestern city.

The city reported that heavy fog was affecting visibility around 11:00 p.m., and as of Thursday noon it had not cleared. The runway was closed for nearly eight hours and limited operation began from 8 a.m. Thursday.

According to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, 102 flights had been canceled as of 8 a.m., stranding over 10,000 passengers.

Another 60 arrival flights were forced to land in other airports or returned to their departure airports.
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Thanks for the updated photos of construction! Great to see that dirt is actually being moved, since Google Earth hasn't gotten updated imagery of the Chengdu area in almost a year.

Have there been any decisions regarding the airlines that will stay at Shuangliu and those that will move to Tianfu?
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That’s going to be a big airport.
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