Under the background of the friendly cooperation between China and Czech Republic and the good external investment environment, as well as the deep industrial manufacturing base and labor cost advantages of the Czech Republic, the Czech Republic has become one of the preferred European investment destinations for many Chinese companies. According to reports, Sichuan Changhong’s investment production base has become the largest Chinese-funded manufacturing project in the Czech Republic. In 2015, nearly 1 million completed color TVs were shipped from here and became Changhong’s important base to enter the European market.
On February 25, 2016, an Airbus A330 from Sichuan Airlines flew directly from Shuangliu International Airport to Prague, meaning that Chengdu flights to Czech Prague flights were opened. It takes only about 10 and half hours to fly from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport to Prague, Czech Republic. Before the direct flight to Prague, Chengdu tourists need to travel to Beijing or Amsterdam to travel to Prague. That time is 15 hours at least. Today, with the opening of the direct flight route, the time from Chengdu to Prague is shortened to less than 11 hours, and passengers travel directly from Chengdu to the center of the European continent.
Moreover, the Czech Republic has established a consulate general and a visa application center in Chengdu, and visa processing can be completed in 7 days, making it easier for residents in the southwest region of China to apply for visas more quickly. In addition, the Czech Republic is one of the Schengen countries, gaining the Schengen sign can facilitate visitors to the Schengen area.
Previously, Chengdu had opened five European routes to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Moscow and Paris. In the central and western regions of China, it is the city with the largest direct flights to Europe. With the opening of the direct flight to Prague, Chengdu’s direct flight to Europe has increased to six, further consolidating its position as a gateway to Europe, making Chengdu the most convenient city to Europe in the Midwest of China.
At present, Sichuan Airlines announced a schedule of two shifts per week, using Airbus A330 aircraft. The flight number and flight schedule are: 3U8295, Chengdu – Prague, taking off at 12:45, arriving at 17:15, flying hours of 10 hours and 30minutes; 3U8296, Prague – Chengdu, taking off at 19:15, arriving at 10:45, flying hours of 9 hours and 30 minutes (the above time is local time, the time difference between Chengdu and Prague summer is 6 hours).
The opening of the direct flights to Chengdu in Chengdu will further promote tourism exchanges between Chengdu and Europe, and this route will also radiate to more areas in the central and western regions, which is a new business opportunity for tourism organizations. The opening of direct flights will bring more development space and market advantages to industries such as tourism services.