Finnair, the first carrier to open a direct flight route between Europe and China, has started four flights a week to Chongqing. The new route is a logical next step in the carrier’s strategy of offering the shortest connections between Asia and Europe via Helsinki. Finnair is flying Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft on the route.
Chinese and Western companies, especially in the electronics, automotive and chemical industries, are currently expanding their operations in Chongqing, and cargo and business travel prospects are promising. By 2015, Chongqing Airport will be capable of receiving 45 million passengers per year.