Air China held a press conference in early March to announce its new service to Dubai from Chongqing. The Star Alliance carrier already serves the UAE metropolis from Beijing with five weekly flights.
- Air China on 2 April began a thrice-weekly service on the 5,039-kilometre sector between Chongqing (CKG) and Dubai (DXB). The Star Alliance carrier will utilise its A330-200s on the route which is not served by any other airline. This becomes Air China’s second route to the Middle East as it already serves Dubai non-stop from Beijing with five weekly flights. Dubai, already the world’s busiest airport for international services, now offers non-stop flights to eight destinations in China, although only three of them are served by Emirates (Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai Pudong). China Eastern Airlines offers flights to Kunming, China Southern Airlines serves Urumqi and Wuhan, while Sichuan Airlines serves Yinchuan. Vote for Dubai Airport’s FTWA in this week’s competition.