CEBU CITY — China Eastern Airlines, China’s second largest carrier, will operate a four times a week flights from Chengdu to Cebu at the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) in Lapu-Lapu City.
The MCIA, the country’s busiest airport outside Manila, connects to 13 international destinations and 23 domestic destinations.
Chengdu is the capital of China’s southwest Sichuan Province.
The MCIA welcomed on Friday the arrival of the inaugural flight MU5025 of China Eastern Airlines, which carried 112 passengers from Chengdu with a water canon salute.
The Cebu-Chengdu route is the second destination to China from Cebu after Cebu-Xiamen via Xiamen Air last March.
China Eastern Airlines, which used to run chartered flights to Cebu in the past, will now utilize an Airbus 319 with 112 economy and eight business class seats.
The airline leaves Cebu for Chengdu at 2:20 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
China Eastern Airlines has hubs at Shanghai’s Pudong and Hongqiao airports, as well as Kunming Airport in southwest, which serves over 350 domestic routes and 40 international destinations.
Chengdu is the home of giant pandas, the Jiuzhai Valley National Park, the Dujiiangyan Irrigation System, the oldest and only surviving no-dam irrigation system in the world built some 2,000 years ago, and the Sanxingdui Museum, which exhibits the excavations of the ancient Shu Kingdom. PNA – northboundasia.com