The long-awaited Chengdu Tianfu International Airport has finally begun operations in China with Sichuan Airlines operating its inaugural flight.
Phase one of the airport which can accommodate 60 million passengers annually was constructed at a cost of 70 billion yuan ($10.8 billion).
Three runways and two terminals which cover a total area of 710,000 square meters are included in phase one.
After the completion of phase two, the airport would feature six runways accommodating a whopping 120 million passengers annually.
"The new airport in Chengdu was needed to accommodate continued rapid growth. china's domestic market has already fully recovered from the pandemic and will continue to grow rapidly. Given the size of the city and its central location in China, Chengdu is very well-positioned to benefit." Brendan Sobie, Aviation Analyst.
It took 5 years to complete phase one which was designed by a joint Chinese-French architectural consortium.
China plans to have 400 airports in use by 2035 and Tianfu Airport is just one out of 159 new airports currently being built.