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Chengde’s new airport starts operations

The first flight from Shijiazhuang city arrived at Chengde Puning Airport on May 31, marking the start of operations at Chengde Puning Airport, Hebei Daily reported.

Chengde Puning Airport is the sixth civil airport in Hebei province, and the newly-launched Shijiazhuang-Chengde flight operated by Hebei Airlines is the third flight within Hebei province.

Located in Xiaolianghou of Chengde city, Puning Airport covers an area of 3,461 mu and its airstrip is 2,800-meters long –– enough for mostmajor passenger aircraft operating in China.Construction work on Puning Airport started in October 2013 and finished in September 2016,withtotal investment inthe airportreaching 1.62 billion yuan ($238.18 million).

Chengde Puning Airport is designed to serve as a domestic tourism airport, which means that it will mainly serve short and medium-haulflights, according to Yang Hongjie, manager of the airport.

Chengde, as a city adjacent to Beijing, Tianjin, Liaoning province and Inner Mongolia autonomous region, has rich tourism resources including the Chengde Summer Resort, the Jinshanling Great Wall and Beidaihe scenic resort, and receives a large number of visitors. While the tourism industry in Chengde was previouslyhampered by poor transportation links, the newly-opened airport provides tourists with a new travel option, andis expected to help draw more tourists to Chengde.

Currently, the airport only operates the Shijiazhuang-Chengde flight, which shortens the travel time from the previous seven hours to one. The airport will soon offer another four flights to link Chengde with Chongqing municipality, Sanya in Hainan province, Harbin in Heilongjiang province and Shenzhen in Guangdong province, Yang claimed. In addition, Puning airport will gradually launch flights to Shanghai, Xi’an and Guangzhou in the near future.

By the end of 2020, Chengde Puning Airport will operate at least 10 domestic flights according to its business plan.

The launch ceremony for Chengde Puning Airporttakes place on May 31. [Photo/hebnews.cn]

Staff members from Chengde Puning Airport hold a banner to celebrate the opening of the new civil airport on May 31. [Photo/hebnews.cn]

The first batch of tourists arrives in Chengde on the newly-launched Shijiazhuang-Chengde flight on May 31. [Photo/hebnews.cn]

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