Changzhou Airport and China Eastern Airlines’ Jiangsu Branch confirmed the launch of twice-weekly flights between Changzhou Benniu Airport and Seoul Incheon at a joint press conference on 18 November. The service started two days later on 20 November (Photo by Changzhou Airport).
- China Eastern Airlines has introduced twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) flights from Changzhou (CZX) to Seoul (ICN) in South Korea. The first service on the 901-kilometre route was operated on 20 November with one of the airline’s A320s and faces no direct competition. China Eastern now serves Seoul with 95 weekly flights spread across 10 Chinese airports. The SkyTeam carrier is the largest at Changzhou Benniu Airport with almost 40% of scheduled seat capacity. This is the airport’s first international service, with others expected to follow in 2015. Last year the airport, located on China’s east coast on the southern bank of the Yangtze River, handled 1.53 million passengers, ranking it 51st among Chinese airports. However, with growth of 42% in 2013, a place in the top 50 is a distinct possibility in 2014.