Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

Q&A Li Wei

Capacity rising apace in the east


ne of the most important frontiers for aviation, the Asia-Pacific region is forecast

to lead world traffic by 2030. Much of the growth is predicted

to come from the Chinese outbound travel market, which is expected to grow at an annual rate of 11% until 2030. With more than 100 airlines serving 191 destinations and 247 routes, World Routes 2016 host Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is mainland China’s fourth busiest aviation hub.

The capacity of the airport is

expected to increase to more than 63 million by 2020 and World Routes will provide delegates with a valuable insight into the significant air service opportunities the region has to offer. Chengdu has already begun to

execute a strategy to accommodate this rapid increase in passenger traffic, through the construction of Chengdu Tianfu International Airport, which is expected to be completed in 2019. New infrastructure and air routes have also helped Chengdu to establish itself as a leading investment centre. With a dynamic economy and attractive growth prospects, Chengdu has been classed by the World Bank as a “benchmark city for the investment environment in inland China.” More than 3,000 delegates from the world’s leading airlines, airports and tourism authorities are expected to attend this year’s World Routes from September 24 to 27. £


Sichuan Province Airport Group (SPAG) board chairman and EVP associate professor of China Civil Airports Association (CCAA)

Why has Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) decided to host World Routes 16 (WR16)? What do you hope to get out of it? As an international aviation hub in mainland China, business at CTU is growing rapidly, especially in international routes and capacity. We hope to show the global aviation industry the powerful economy, rapid development, long history, rich cultural life and the vast prospects for aviation of Chengdu and Sichuan through World Routes. We hope this will provide further opportunities for cooperation in route development. Chengdu is the capital city of Sichuan province and it is an energetic city. The province’s area is 187,259 square miles with a population of 91.32 million, making it the third most populous place in China. Chengdu has been granted special status as the political,

Chengdu in numbers

Passengers: In 2015, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) handled 42.24 million passengers, an increase of 12% over 2014. 

Number of airlines: CTU has 95 airlines, including 52 scheduled airlines, 35 charter airlines and eight cargo operators. 

Number of countries: 33 countries and three regions.

commercial and cultural centre, and the transportation and communication hub in central-western China by China’s State Council. In 2016, the National Development and Reform Commission also named Chengdu as a National Central City - cities that are in charge of leading, developing, and performing tasks in political, economic, and cultural aspects.

The city has also been ranked first in a Forbes list of the fastest developing cities globally over the next 10 years.

With 2,300 years of historical and

cultural heritage, Chengdu is one of the most famous cities in the country. This has been recognised both in China and around the world and has meant it has won a number of national and international awards over the past few years including Asia’s first City of Gastronomy; The Best Tourism City of China; China’s Happiest City; The City With the Best Image and Mainland China’s Most Attractive City for Investment and Employment. In 2015 it also topped the New York Times 52 Places to Go. The city has experienced rapid development of its aviation industry. By 2012, the passengers through CTU had reached 30 million; three years later, in 2015, it welcomed 42.24 million passengers, an increase of 12% over the previous year. Since 2012, CTU has added links to 26 scheduled international and

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