Finnair Launches Flights to Chongqing, China

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Thursday, 10 May 2012

Finnair has launched direct flights to Chongqing, one of the largest and fastest-growing cities in China.

Situated on the edge of the Tibetan plateau, greater Chongqing is one of Chinas four province-level municipalities, and the only one located in inland China. With a total population of 32 million residing in an area about the size of Austria, Chongqings urban population is expected to double over the next five years.

China is a key part of our Asia-Europe strategy, said Finnair's CEO Mika Vehvilinen. Western China is an important growth area, and the new route will strengthen our position in the growing Asian markets. I want to thank the Chongqing authorities and the local airport for the excellent cooperation and support for opening this new route. We believe Chongqing has the potential of developing into a hub for travel between Western China and Europe, both for business and leisure travellers.

Chinese companies and many western companies, especially in the electronics, automotive and chemical industries, are currently expanding their operations in Chongqing, and business travel and cargo prospects are promising.

Chongqing Airport also has already opened 140 routes to more than 80 cities in China and Asia, and the airport is undergoing expansion. When the expansion is complete in 2015, the airport will be capable of receiving 45 million passengers per year.

Besides booming business activity, Chongqing offers much to see for tourists interested in Chinas history and nature. Visitors can enjoy historical buildings, temples, hot springs and natural beauty, as well as the Dazu Rock Carvings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Chongqing also provides convenient access to river cruises on the Jialing and Yangtze rivers, and the city is well connected to Lhasa, Xian and Kunming.

Finnair is flying Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft on the route, which takes eight and a half hours. In addition to four flights per week to Chongqing, in China Finnair flies daily to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong from Helsinki.

This summer Finnair will operate 81 flights per week to 11 destinations in Asia.

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