Sichuan Airlines Chengdu – Prague – Zurich
Celebrations were in full swing in Zurich on 23 June at the launch of Sichuan Airlines’ first flight to Chengdu. Cutting the ceremonial ribbon were Zvone Petek, GM of APG Switzerland (Sichuan Airlines’ general sales agent in Switzerland); Liao Zhihang, GM of Sichuan Airlines Zurich Office; Stefan Wermelinger, Manager Airline Affairs, Zurich Airport; Li Guang, VP of Sichuan Airlines; Li Yan, Zurich Station Manager, Sichuan Airlines; and You Yong, GM of Sichuan Airlines Europe Region.
- Sichuan Airlines launched a new European link on 23 June with the start of services from Chengdu (CTU) to Zurich (ZRH). The new route will operate as an extension to the airline’s existing Chengdu-Prague (PRG) itinerary. Flights will operate twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) with the aircraft routing Chengdu-Prague-Zurich-Prague-Chengdu. The airline has also been granted traffic rights to sell seats between Zurich and Prague. All sectors will be operated by the airline’s A330 fleet. The 9,930-kilometre indirect connection from Chengdu to Zurich faces no competition. However, there are incumbent operators on the 510-kilometre Prague-Zurich sector, with SWISS offering 21 flights during the week commencing 26 June, and Vueling flying a further four frequencies. “Zurich Airport is delighted to welcome Sichuan Airlines,” said Stefan Wermelinger, Manager Airline Affairs, Zurich Airport. “This new direct flight between Chengdu and Zurich is the first link to a Chinese city centrally located in the country. It improves access in both directions for tourists and business travellers.” The new Zurich route is Sichuan Airlines’ first link to Western Europe. In addition to Prague, the other European airports the airline will serve in S18 are Moscow Sheremetyevo and St. Petersburg. All of its European links originate from Chengdu. See how Zurich Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.