The Capital Airlines flight JD429 flew from Xi'an Xianyang International Airport to Lisbon, capital of Portugal, on Aug 30, marking the official opening of the Xi'an-Lisbon route. It is currently the only direct air route between China and Portugal.
Xi'an Xianyang International Airport opens the first direct flight from China to Portugal. [Photo/xinhuanet.com]
Operated by Airbus A330 aircraft, three round trips are scheduled every week on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The outbound flight leaves Xi'an at 12:15 pm, arriving in Lisbon at 7:05 pm. The return flight leaves Lisbon at 10:45 pm, arriving in Xi'an at 6:15 pm.
Xi'an Xianyang International Airport has always continued its efforts to build itself into China'a Best Transit Airport and an international aviation hub connecting China with Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Portugal. The route will promote economic exchanges between the two countries, and build a bridge for business travel, as well as economic, trade, and cultural exchanges between China and Europe.
At present, the airport offers 74 international flights to 32 countries, 53 travel hubs, and a number of famous tourist cities around the world, with flights to 16 countries and 33 cities along the Belt and Road.