Sichuan Airlines Flights From Vancouver BC Canada
2011 & 2012 has brought several new choices for passengers flying between the Vancouver International Airport and China. It all began with the addition of China Eastern Airlines and their announcement of daily flights between Vancouver and Shanghai.
Next up was China Southern Airlines which commenced flights in June 2011, connecting YVR and Guangzhou. CAE operates three flights per week between the two cities.
Now Sichuan Airlines has announced their plan to commence flights from Vancouver, BC Canada. They plan to fly to Chengdu – Shenyang - YVR. British Columbia's Premier, Christy Clark made the announcement while on a trade mission to China and India.
Update to Sichuan Flights To Vancouver
It's official! On May 18, 2012 the Vancouver Airport Authority put out a news release stating "Sichuan Airlines to provide new Chengdu-Shenyang-Vancouver service". "Richmond, B.C. (May 18, 2012): Vancouver Airport Authority today announced the upcoming arrival to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) of Sichuan Airlines, offering North America’s first and only direct flight to China’s interior. Beginning June 22, Sichuan Airlines will offer service three times per week between Vancouver and Chengdu, via Shenyang".
Increased Capacity Should Bring Lower Airfares
For business travelers, the addition of three weekly flights to China, will make their life easier. With the added capacity overall, flights booked at the last minute will not be as difficult to come by. For travelers searching for cheap airline tickets, the added capacity should lead to better airfares overall to Shanghai, Shenyang and Guangzhou.
It is anticipated that the addition of these flights will contribute to over 30,000 visitors to each country. For Sichuan Airlines, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) will be their first North American destination.
Information On Sichuan Airlines
Sichuan Airlines is a regional airline. Flights to North America will be new for the airline as it expands its presence. The airline operates primarily out of the Chengdu Airport. Chengdu with a population of more than fourteen million is the capital of the Sichuan Province. The airline operates a fleet primarily consisting of Airbus A 300 series aircraft.
These three new flights from Vancouver can be attributed to the 2009 granting by China to Canada of Approved Destination Status (ADS). The status was granted following Prime Minister Harper's visit to China that year. Now tourism operators in both countries are able to market their businesses to the other country.