On 19 September, the Hunan Airport Management Group announced that the Zhangjiajie Hehua Airport had been approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and would be renamed Zhangjiajie Hehua International Airport. It is Hunan’s second international airport.
This renaming will increase its international recognition and reputation, and promote provincial economic and social development.
The State Council approved the establishment of Zhangjiajie Airport in June 1997. It opened for foreign flights on 17 November 2011. It currently operates three regional flights to Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan; and, 17 international flights to destinations such as Bangkok, Djakarta, Cheju, and Busan.
In 2016, it had 296,000 exit and entry passengers. Of which 17.4% were foreign passengers, nearly 40 times as many as in 2011.
In January 2016, the State Council authorized the Zhangjiajie Airport to grant visas on arrival (VOA). It operates duty-free stores and its international freight depot serves American, European, and Australian flights. In June 2017, it began construction of an international bonded warehouse which will facilitate Zhangjiajie’s export-oriented economic development.
This upgrade to the international level opens a new chapter forZhangjiajie’s opening up to the world.
Translator: Pang Yuehui