Mianyang Airport held the 2018 Summer Flight Plan and Product Promotion Meeting on March 20. 35 travel agencies and ticket-selling agents from Mianyang, Santai, Jiangyou, Beichuan, and eleven news media inside and outside the city attended the meeting. At the meeting, eight companies, such as Lucky Air, Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Juneyao Air, Spring Airlines and Donghai Airlines, attended the meeting to promote their products. The meeting briefed the development of Mianyang Airport in 2017 as well as its development situation in 2018. It also made a detailed introduction of the flight plan and airline products of this summer flight season and issued relevant team promotion incentive policies.
[Gong Yong (forth from right), vice president of Mianyang Airport Co., Ltd., and Tang Qiang (fifth from left), president of board of supervisors, attended the meeting.]
In accordance with the unified deployment of CAAC, Mianyang Airport will begin its summer flight season from March 25 to October 27 this year. 21 companies in total are planning to open 55 airlines leading to 36 cities across the country in Mianyang. The total number of flights will amount to 780 every week, up by 5.55 percent compared with the last year. Hongtu Airlines enters Mianyang Airport for the first time, and the five airlines of Donghai, Guilin, Okay, Transmile and Loong resume their operations in Mianyang. Yunnan Lucky Air and Tibet Airlines plan to newly add two 320 overnight planes and two 319 overnight planes respectively. Then Mianyang Airport will have six overnight planes. The main features of this flight plan are as follows.
First, the airline network is more complete and the flight frequency rises significantly. In the summer season of 2018, Mianyang Airport will open three new city airlines leading to Hohhot, Zhuhai, and Shantou, realizing the first flight to Nei Mongol Autonomous Region. At the same time, it will resume five city airlines to Nanchang, Ningbo, Guilin, Zhangjiajie and Xuzhou. Mianyang airport will increase the frequency of 14 hot city airlines to Shenzhen, Tianjin, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Shijiazhuang, Kunming, Nanchang, Fuzhou, Nanning, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Wuhan, Guilin and Xining; the number of flights to Lanzhou will reach five per day, those to Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Lijiang, Hangzhou, Shijiazhuang and Lhasa will register three per day, and those to Shenzhen, Tianjin, Kunming, Haikou, and Jinan will amount to two per day. It is more convenient and efficient for people to travel by choosing Mianyang Airport.
Second, the airline products are more abundant and the ticket prices are more favorable. At the beginning of this summer flight season, some of the original exclusively-operated airlines will be jointly operated by several companies. Among which the number of airports jointly operated by two or more companies accounts for 63.88%, an increase of 7.88 percent over the last year; the number of low-cost airlines in Mianyang will further rise, occupying 41.8 percent of the entire flight plan, up by 11.1 percent compared with the previous year. With the above changing characteristics, various airlines of Mianyang Airport will provide passengers with more abundant products and more favorable ticket prices.
Third, the flight hour distribution meets the market demand better. On the one hand, the increase of overnight planes greatly improves such awkward situation that early departure flights are inadequate, further satisfying the needs of passengers who leave early in the morning. On the other hand, we take the opportunity of flight-changing season to coordinate with airline companies in advance. Thus, we optimize the flight hour distribution of some airlines, including Shenzhen-Mianyang airline, Xiamen-Changsha-Mianyang airline, Shijiazhuang-Mianyang airline and Tianjin-Mianyang airline, when the flight resource at various airports across the country is in severe shortage. The more reasonable time step distribution can meet the different needs of passengers in choosing flight hours.
In order to ensure the smooth and on-time operation of seasonal flights, all security departments of Mianyang Airport have adopted a series of targeted measures in advance in light of the flight plan arrangements. First, they actively contact with the southwest Air Traffic Management Bureau to coordinate flight clearance and consult with the Civil Aviation Flight University (Mianyang) to negotiate the training plan arrangement; they accelerate the examination and approval of the flight procedure optimization at Mianyang airport, hold a guarantee and coordination meeting for seasonal flights, formulate the flight guarantee plan, and carry out desktop demonstration and field manoeuvre. Second, they speed up the construction of new airport aprons, expand the waiting hall for remote boarding gates and increase support facilities and equipment; they also enrich the front-line support forces, advance the information construction of security inspection and check-in, and further enhance the airport guarantee capability. Third, they have added service facilities and equipment for passengers, optimized and beautified the airport environment, and improved the combined transport service; by doing so, they aim to provide passengers with better flight experience.
(writer: Luo Zhipeng from the sales department; photographer: Zhang Jingyu from the office)