The first flight connecting Chengdu Tianfu International Airport to Beijing departed on Sunday. The airport’s inaugural flight from Sichuan Airlines A350-900 towards Beijing departed on Sunday, carrying 262 people, with Beijing Airlines and China Eastern following soon after. Chengdu Airlines, Spring Airlines, and Lucky Air will all begin operations within the next few days. The Chengdu Tianfu International Airport is located in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.
The Airport can accommodate 60 million passengers annually. In addition, the southwestern region attracts many tourists, partly due to its panda habitats.
The first flight from China’s brand new Chengdu Tianfu International Airport took off on June 27, bound for Beijing. pic.twitter.com/n13G8gDL9g— SCMP News (@SCMPNews) June 28, 2021
Chengdu would become China’s third city to acquire two international airports, but the current one will continue to serve primarily domestic flights.
The new airport includes two terminals and three runways, which will be expanded to six by 2035. One of Tianfu’s runways, at 4,000m in length and 75m in width, is the absolute highest 4F runway capable of supporting passenger aircraft. With a combined size of 710,000m2, the two terminals can accommodate almost 60 million passengers and 1.3 million tonnes of cargo yearly.
As per Wu Ding, an officer in charge of the airport’s development, the airport has incorporated more than 30 innovative technologies. The initiative was the third phase of the airport’s main development plan, which aimed to rebuild the facility into an aviation transit route along the Silk Road.
It is intended to alleviate strain on the city’s Shuangliu airport, which is expected to become China’s second busiest in 2020.
Tianfu Airport is among 159 new airports that the Chinese government plans to build during the next decade. As per the Transportation Network Planning Outline released in early 2021, China intends to have 400 airports operational by 2035, a significant rise from the present 241.
Airlines connecting Chengdu Tianfu International Airport
According to the source, Chengdu Tianfu International Airport, is a major base for Air China, where they plan to establish maintenance facilities. In addition, the Airport will be served by the following airlines.
China Eastern Airlines
A People Mover will link the airport’s two terminals. A personal rapid transit system would connect the airport’s parking lot to both the two terminal buildings. According to reports, the Chengdu Tianfu International Airport Expressway will link the airport to Chengdu’s third ring road.