A new gateway to the home of giant pandas has now commenced by China. China’s long-awaited Chengdu Tianfu International Airport has officially begun its operations.
Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is now the third city in the country to have two international airports, joining Shanghai and Beijing.
Currently capable of handling 60 million passengers annually, Tianfu is also set to double capacity in due course.
Phase One, encompassing three runways and two terminals, has been constructed at a cost of approximately 70 billion yuan ($10.8 billion). Upon completion of Phase Two, Tianfu Airport will have 6 runways and house terminals taking up 1.26 million square meters.
The airport’s first flight was a Sichuan Airlines A350-900 service to Beijing on Sunday. It was carrying 262 passengers, with Beijing Airlines and China Eastern following soon after.
In addition to the famous pandas, Sichuan is famous for its spicy cuisine and beautiful scenery. This makes it one of China’s most popular tourist destinations among both domestic and international tourists.
Chengdu is the third Chinese city to host two airports, joining Shanghai and Beijing. Tianfu is the largest civil transport airport under the 13th Five-Year Plan from 2016 to 2020.
According to Airport Technology, one of Tianfu’s runways is the highest level 4F runway that can support passenger aircraft.