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New direct flight links southwest China's Chongqing and Melbourne
Last Updated: 2017-11-02 09:29 | Xinhua
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China's Tianjin Airlines announced that it has opened an air route connecting southwest China's Chongqing Municipality and Melbourne, Australia.

The first no-stop flight connecting the two cities was on Tuesday and it was completed smoothly, the Tianjin-based airway confirmed Wednesday.

Flight GS7945, operated by an Airbus A330 with a capacity of 260 passengers, leaves Chongqing at 10:10 p.m., Beijing Time, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving in Melbourne at 11:40 a.m., local time, the next day

The return flight departs Melbourne at 1:40 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving Chongqing at 9:40 p.m.

Flight duration is around 10 and a half hours.

Chongqing is expected to become a transportation hub in southwest China, with an estimated 100 international direct air routes and an international passenger throughput exceeding 5 million by 2020.

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