Flights between Naha and Chengdu to start in July

June 8, 2014 Wu Li Jun of the Ryukyu Shimpo

China Eastern Airlines plans to launch regular flights between Naha and Chengdu district of Sichuan province in Southwest China in the middle of July.

The company will apply to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to commence flights. It will launch round-trip flights three times a week by using the Boeing 737 with 165 seats. There are two regular flight services between Naha and cities of the mainland of China, including Shanghai and Beijing. Chengdu will be the third city to connect the mainland of Okinawa with China by air.

The airline company will operate the flight between Naha and Shanghai once a week. Customers using the flight will be from Chengdu and Chongqing as well as Shanghai.

The head of the Okinawa branch of the company Yin Shujian said, “Resort tourism is popular in Japan. Chengdu is located inland so many citizens like to see the ocean.” Yin went on to say, “We decided to launch the flight between Naha and Chengdu because Okinawa is rich in sightseeing resources and less than three hours away from Chengdu.”

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China with a population of 14 million. In east Sichuan, there is Chongqing, which is the administrative city of the Chinese government and has a population of 29 million.

(English translation by T&CT)

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