The opening ceremony of the first direct flight from Hefei to Lhasa was held at Gonggar Airport in Lhasa in the morning of March 31, marking the official opening of the direct flight from Lhasa to Hefei.
It is understood that Hefei-Lhasa direct flights are operated by West Air and are scheduled daily, and the duration of the flight time is about 3.5 hours. The flight would return to Lhasa from Hefei on the same day.
Hefei-Lhasa Flight Opening Ceremony
The flight depart Lhasa for Hefei is PN6393 (9:30AM—13:00PM) and the return flight from Hefei to Lhasa is PN6394 (13:50PM-17:45PM).
Fang Xu, Deputy Secretary of Shannan Municipal Party Committee and leader of the Sixth Batch of Tibet-Aid Task Force in Anhui Province, told reporters: "The opening of direct flights from Hefei Xinqiao Airport to Lhasa Gonggar Airport has built a brand-new bridge between Anhui and Tibet, opened a new voyage of exchange and communication between Anhui and Tibet, not only established an "Economic Route" to shorten the space and time distance between Anhui and Tibet, but also to deepen the relationship and cooperation between Anhui and Tibet.
Silang Zepei, deputy director of the Tibetan Regional Bureau of Civil Aviation, said that this route is the first direct route connecting Anhui and Tibet, indicating a new fruitful result of Anhui's aid to Tibet and a new step in economic, tourism and cultural cooperation between Anhui and Tibet.
In the planning of counterpart aid to Tibet, the Anhui Provincial Aid has adopted the principles of inclining to the grass-roots rural and livelihood of famers and herdsmen so as to make full use of the aid projects. The projects mainly focus on the construction of livelihood, especially on education and health assistance to Tibet.
Up to now, the 13th Five-Year Plan of Anhui Province has reached a preliminary plan of nearly 700 million yuan and about 40 Tibet-aid projects.
The opening of direct flights will inevitably attract more tourists from the Yangtze River Delta and East China into Tibet, which will help the economic and trade exchanges between the two places. Close cultural and tourism cooperation between the two places will further deepen the exchanges and communications between ethnic groups.