(CEBUNEWS.PH) – Chinese passenger airline XiamenAir is set to commence operation of its direct service to Chengdu, China from Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), according to a statement released by GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC).
“We are glad to welcome Xiamen Air’s newest direct service to Chengdu, one of China’s busiest and economically-robust cities. Through this partnership with Xiamen Air, we aim to achieve a common goal which is to increase connectivity between Cebu to international destinations,” said Louie Ferrer, GMCAC president.
Xiamen Air will service the Cebu-Chengdu route thrice weekly every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday using a Boeing 737-800 with 22 seats in Business class and 161 seats in Economy class.
Previously, Chengdu to Cebu is operated during the Chinese peak travel season only. This is the first time that Cebu will have regular scheduled flights to Chengdu.
A water cannon salute will welcome the first flight from Chengdu and its 169 passengers at 10:45 a.m. MF flight 8683 will depart from Chengdu to Cebu at 0630H; while the return flight MF8684 will depart from Cebu to Chengdu at 1910H.
“The launching of the Chengdu service is in line with Xiamen Air’s plan to open more routes between the Philippines and China, specially in Cebu and Chengdu as these two major cities have huge tourist markets and are internationally known for its tourism destinations and upbeat economic activities,” said Bruce Gong, Xiamen Air Cebu station manager.
Xiamen Air also operates regular thrice weekly flights to Xiamen and Fuzhou.