On Friday, June 22, Vancouver Airport Authority welcomed the inaugural Sichuan Airlines’ flight from Chengdu, China. The service, between Vancouver International Airport and Chengdu, via Shenyang, will operate three times per week and is North America’s only direct flight to China’s interior, offering passengers more options and creating greater opportunities for business and tourism.
Chengdu and Shenyang are both important economic, transportation and commercial hubs. Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, is home to 14 million people and the famous Giant Panda. Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning Province, has a population of 8.1 million and is one of the 10 largest cities in China.
Sichuan Airlines’ service to and from YVR will use an Airbus 330 aircraft with capacity for 245 passengers. Flights will operate on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays – for more information about ticketing and schedules, visit Sichuan’s website.
Not only does this new route offer passengers greater options, but it also will create jobs within the local community and contribute $5 million to B.C.’s GDP. With more than 23,600 people working on Sea Island, YVR is one of British Columbia’s key economic and employment generators.