Construction work started on Chengdu’s new international airport on Friday 27 May.
Located near the town of Lujia, 50km from downtown Chengdu, the new Tianfu International Airport will include a 600,000m² terminal and more than 200 aircraft parking stands.
The first phase of the project is expected to take four years to complete. A second phase, to be completed by 2025, will increase the new airport’s capacity to 40 million passengers and 320,000 aircraft movements per year.
Four Chinese carriers, namely Sichuan Airlines, Air China, China Eastern Airlines and Lucky Air, will operate out of the new airport when it opens by the end of 2019.
Tianfu International Airport is being developed to solve the capacity crunch at Chengdu’s existing airport, Shuangliu International. This will make Sichuan’s provincial capital only the third city in China to have two airports, following Shanghai and Beijing.