Soon it will be a lot easier for Danes to watch pandas in China, the home country of the black and white bear. A new direct air service from Copenhagen to “the capital of pandas”, Chengdu, opens 10 December 2018, confirms Copenhagen Airport.
The airline will be operated by Sichuan Airlines and fly twice a week.
It is the third new airline between Denmark and China in 2018. In May AirChina opened a new route from Copenhagen to Beijing, and Cathay Pacific started flying from the Danish capital to Hong Kong.
According to Danish Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, Rasmus Jarlov, the new airlines is partly a result of last year’s focus on tourism between Denmark and China during the project “2017 – China-Denmark Tourism Year”.
“I think we should be proud of our success in attracting three new routes after China-Denmark Tourism Year. China is an important market for Denmark not just in terms of trade, but also in terms of tourism,” he says.
Copenhagen Airport’s CEO, Thomas Woldbye, is also happy with the new flights to China:
“We have worked hard to expand our numbers of intercontinental flights in recent years. Now we can reap the rewards of our work. Sichuan Airlines really opens up the door to the whole of Southwest China,” he says.
Chengdu has a population of 14 million and is located in the province of Sichuan in Western China.