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Hunan’s Airports Handle 33.6 Mln Passenger Trips in 2019

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The airports across Hunan handled over 33.6 million passenger trips, 258,000 flights, and 178,000 tons of cargo in 2019, which respectively register an increase of 11.3%, 9.8%, and 13% over last year. The number of international passenger trips hit 3 million, up 17%. 
Fifty new air routes were operated, linking to 115 domestic and 51 international airports.
Changsha Huanghua International Airport has 35 new air routes, including 8 international and 27 domestic ones. The number of airports linked with Changsha increased from 143 in 2018 to 155 today. The new routes include: an intercontinental route to Nairobi (Kenya); Asian routes to Mandalay (Myanmar), Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei), Van Don (Vietnam), Nagoya (Japan), Kathmandu (Nepal), and Macao (China); domestic routes to Korla, Datong, Qianjiang, Shangri-La, and Ganzhou. 
Changsha has broadened its 4-hour economic circle through aviation, based on the three-year airline route development plan, discount measures, innovative aviation-tourism integration, and new air route promotions. Now the circle covers 34 cities in 16 countries and regions, and 2.56 million passenger trips within the circle were handled, increasing by 12.9%. 
The international cargo throughput saw a rapid growth. Facing a sluggish domestic and global economy, Changsha airport opened new all-cargo flights to Bangkok and New York, and increased its 6 all-cargo routes to six. The international cargo throughput hit 51,000 tons in 2019, up 73% over last year. 
Regional airports grow in an all-around way. In 2019, Hunan’s regional airports handled more than 3.8 million passenger trips and 37,654 flights, registering an increase of 38% and 30% respectively. 
Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport handled 2.87 million passenger trips and 25,400 flights, up 29.9% and 24.3%. The international passenger trips were 330,000, making an increase of 99.3%. Seven new air routes were operated, linking Zhangjiajie to Siem Reap (Cambodia), Osaka (Japan), Manila (the Philippines), and Seoul and Chungju (South Korea). 
Changde Airport opened its first direct flight to Bangkok, and thus became Hunan’s third international airport. 
In 2019, both Changde and Hengyang airports saw a passenger throughput of more than one million. 
This article is from Hunan Provincial Government
Translator: Pang Yuehui
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