Chengdu is gearing up to get more connected internationally via some 64 international air routes.
China's fourth busiest airport recently added a direct flight to Frankfurt and a new direct flight to London is scheduled to start in September.
Shuangliu International Airport also plans to add routes to San Francisco, Istanbul, Moscow, Tokyo, Melbourne, and other major cities around the world in the coming year.
In addition to the numerous new international air routes, Chengdu is preparing to launch a 72-hour visa-free policy for tourists from 45 different countries.
In order to be eligible for the visa, travelers must show a third country visa and an air ticket for onward travel.
Chengdu will become the fourth city on the mainland to put such a policy into effect. Shanghai and Beijing have had such a scheme since the first of this year. Since 2000, Shanghai has had a 48-hour visa-free policy for passport holders of certain countries. Guangzhou is reported to have put a similar policy into effect last month.
Citizens of the following countries will be eligible for the visa-free stay: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
In related news, Air China tested their new in-flight Wifi, on a Beijing-Chengdu flight earlier this month, allowing passengers to surf, check e-mail, and so forth once the aircraft reached an altitude of 3,000 meters. For safety reasons smartphone are currently exempted from connecting to the Wi-Fi and internet access is restricted to email, news browsing, microbloging.
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