New flights link Chengdu and Zurich

Sichuan Airlines now links the two cities via Prague. Photo credit of Zurich – Pixabay

New flights link Chengdu and Zurich

Sichuan Airlines has launched flights between Chengdu and Zurich, with the inaugural flight having landed in the Swiss city late last week.

The flights will be operated twice weekly, stopping en route at the Czech capital of Prague.

Interestingly, they are able to operate between Prague and Zurich as so-called ‘fifth freedom; flights – meaning that they can carry passengers who only wish to travel between those two cities.

These will be the first ‘fifth freedom’ flights for Sichuan Airlines.

Flights between Chengdu and Europe have grown extensively over the last few months.

For example, in May, Air China resumed flights between the city and London Heathrow.

Previously, British Airways had flown between the two cities several times a week, for five years between 2013 and 2017.

British Airways launched the route to much fanfare, including decorating an aircraft in a revised panda livery for the occasion.

However, the flights were suspended in January 2017, with the airline citing a lack of demand, especially for premium seats.

Air China is clearly confident of securing enough demand for their new services.


Rupert Reid

Pilot and Senior Broadcast Journalist at Panda Radio. You can find him on Twitter @rupertreid