CHENGDU, China, Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Chengdu, a hub city in Southwest China'sSichuan province, is attracting more world attention as it plays host to an increasing number of international events.
The latest global event held in the city was the 22nd World Route Development Forum ("World Routes"), one of the biggest annual events for the global civil aviation sector. The four-day event, which concluded on Sept 27, drew 3,500 representatives from airlines, airports, government departments and international organizations, and was the largest in its history in terms of scale. It offered a platform for route development professionals to meet, plan and discuss new and existing global air services. The agenda included keynote speeches, a strategic summit, a world tourism summit, face-to-face meetings, exhibitions and folk performances. The exhibition area total ed more than 40,000 square meters. The exhibition hall specified for Chengdu covered 1,400 sq m, which fully displayed the city's flight networks, aviation economic development, as well as tourism and culture. The event bore fruitful results. The Chengdu city government, together with Sichuan Province Airport Group, signed agreements with six airlines to open nine non-stop air routes departing from Chengdu during World Routes. Theseairlines are Air China, Hainan Airlines, Beijing Capital Airlines, Tibet Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines and Sichuan Airlines. According to the agreements, they will open the direct routes within one year, strengthening Chengdu's connection to Europe, Oceania, North America, Africa and the Middle East.