The Chengdu Tianfu International Airport in Southwest China’s Sichuan Province launched test flights on Friday, ahead of its Official Opening set in summer, which is widely expected to serve the opening up of the inland.

The first round of test flights was carried out by six major airlines in the country, including Air China, China Eastern Airlines and the local Sichuan Airlines.

All of the aircrews that took part in the trial flying have participated in previous major test flights carried out at Beijing Daxing International Airport & Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport.

As for the Airport itself, Officials said that Terminal One and Terminal Two are slated to be completed by the end of this March, and constructors are now adding some final touches. Including infrastructure-installing and some debugging test-running.

After the airport starts operation this summer, Chengdu will be added to the shortlist of Chinese cities that boasts two airports, which will give full play to the city’s air transportation capacity based enhanced scientific navigation.

Local aviation authorities are planning to integrate and coordinate the operations by the three airports in Chengdu, tapping full advantage of the Sichuan-based airports.

Namely the Chengdu Tianfu International Airport, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and Mianyang Nanjiao Airport in the neighbouring Mianyang City.

The unified and integrated management of the airports will greatly improve efficiency with more wisely-allocated air freight resources.

Chengdu Tianfu International Airport is a National Aviation Hub proposed under the construction plans of the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020). It is also a high-standard International Airport along the routes of the Belt & Road Initiative.

The new airport will serve as an air bridgehead in expanding opening-up for China’s central and western regions to the outside world once upon operation.

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