Express carrier UPS has begun operating flights out of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, making it the first international express carrier to operate out of the Chengdu.
UPS said its Chengdu gateway will boost connectivity for western China’s business and manufacturing communities to the world. UPS flights already operate out of five other key cities, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
Chengdu is the capital of China’s western Sichuan province and is rapidly emerging as a key centre of technology manufacturing. The gross domestic product in the city of 13 million has grown by approximately 15 per cent each of the past two years and the province’s retail sales swelled nearly 19 per cent in 2010. Its foreign trade surged 36 per cent in 2010 to US$32.8 billion.
“Through China’s ‘Go West’ programme, Chengdu-Chongqing has recently been approved as an economic zone for western China. This makes the region very attractive for companies to move production facilities into Chengdu as a focal point of economic growth. We believe the area is poised for accelerated growth in logistics and transportation needs,” said Derek Woodward, president of UPS Asia Pacific. “UPS is proud to be the first express carrier to introduce a flight into Chengdu – ensuring customers in the region have connectivity to the world via the UPS network.”