MILAN, Jun 28 (Class Editori) - Sichuan Airlines flights will depart from Fiumicino. With the inauguration on June 25th, of the direct connection between Rome and Chengdu, the number of Chinese destinations served directly by the Capitoline airport will rise to 12. The new route also marks the entry into the Italian market of the Sichuanese regional airline.
‘Leonardo da Vinci’ is the only airport in Europe to host all the Chinese major airlines: Air China, China Southern, Hainan Airlines and China Eastern. The new connection will strengthen the Italian and Rome presence in a rapidly expanding province, which has become important for the business and tourism world, and already served on the Chongqing megalopolis. The route will be operated every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday by an Airbus A330, which will take a single journey lasting about 11 hours. The new air service is expected to promote exchanges between people in the two countries.
With the inauguration of the Rome-Chengdu flight, Fiumicino makes all three new routes to China operational. In addition to Chengdu, direct flights to Shenzhen and Hangzhou have been launched in the last two months.
Fiumicino overcomes Frankfurt by the number of Chinese destinations and sees for 2020 the goal of one million Chinese travelling to and from the capital. This way, Fiumicino has become the third European airport in this special ranking, lagging behind only London and Paris, which can count on British Airways and Air France.
“Announcing three new destinations together gives an idea of the work done in the last three years with China and is the result of the investments carried out since 2014, with Alipay services, the Welcome Chinese certification for the reception reserved for Chinese travelers and the presence on WeChat. During this time, the number of passengers has increased by 60%,” explained Adr's Aviation Marketing and Development Director Fausto Palombelli to Class Editori.
In 2018 the six airlines operating between Rome and Greater China (which also includes Taipei, Macao and Hong Kong) filled up the number of passengers transported with 760,000 people, up 60% compared to 2014. For 2019 a real boom in passengers coming from outside China is expected. Traffic is estimated to have increased by 20% compared to 2018 and the threshold of 900,000 passengers will be exceeded by the end of the year.
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