Chongqing meets the world
In late 2015, Qatar Airways officially launched the Chongqing Doha route, linking the southwest with Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas with a single efficient stopover at Hamad International Airport.
Each year, I travel home to England with Qatar Airways on a number of occasions, and have always enjoyed a positive experience throughout the journey.
This was enhanced further in August 2017 by the official opening of Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport Terminal 3, a superbly modern and aesthetically pleasing structure that finally matches the stature of such a major city, and replaces the long since obselete Terminal 1.
The large number of boarding gates now means you can access the plane through the bridges, and no longer require a journey across the tarmac and contact with the elements.
Online booking is a simple process with all information and options clearly displayed. The interface is attractive, logical and available in all major languages from the hundreds of destinations Qatar Airways serves.
At any time, you can review your reservation using your booking reference, and take advantage of extra options such as selecting seats and a variety of meals for all passengers in advance at the same time. Unlike many other airlines, this service is available at no extra cost.
The modern fleet of aircraft are comfortable and elegantly designed. In economy, you receive a handy amenities kit, including the warm cosy socks and nightshades I still use at home every night.
Inflight entertainment offers a rich variety of films, TV, music, games, and access to onboard wi-fi. However, I love nothing more than to turn on the inflight map and watch the world go by from the plane window.
Children on every flight, including transfers, are offered a set of colouring and games books before take-off, and their appealing meals are served in a fun kid’s lunchbox you can take away and use at home.
Cabin crew are always attentive to your needs, and the ground staff at Hamad International are friendly, helpful and professional, allowing you to reach your next boarding gate with the absolute minium of fuss or delay.
Hamad International is spacious, modern, attractive, convenient and impeccably clean. There is a great range of duty free shops, and you can purchase local specialities in the form of crafts and culinary treats.
A favourite with kids is the highly visible Arabian style climbing area around the central concourse, with plenty for adults in close quarters, such as rest areas, computer stations and entertainment.
In the rare event of a long stopover, Hamad International has a five star passenger lounge with gourmet food, rest areas, entertainment and amenities. An airside hotel is also available for short stays to cover time leading up to your next flight.
Smooth, fast and regular automated monorail trains take you and your baggage swiftly down towards your gate area, affording you the extra convenience of time and effortless transfers within the large terminal building.
On arrival at your destination, you will receive a warm and genuine goodbye from the dedicated crew members, and take with you a fond memory of the journey, and anticipation of using Qatar Airways again in the near future.
Connections to China
Qatar connections Chongqing to all other five continents worldwide with fast and efficient connections through Doha.
In addition, it is also possible to fly to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou or Hong Kong, and make Chongqing a destination during your stay in China.
Qatar Airways has the option of booking multi-city journeys, which offers you the added convenience of entering or leaving China through Chongqing and another city, allowing you time to explore more of this amazing country without having to backtrack to the same point of entry.
Should you wish to fly to Chongqing, make the city part of your trip, or visit anywhere in China, I would be delighted for you to consider Qatar Airways as your choice of airline through my links above and below.
I will be happy to answer any questions about preparations and travel in Chongqing, just message me personally, and I will be glad to answer your questions.
Thank you, and I wish you an amazing journey!