Liuzhou Laowai

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Timetable Toss

Liuzhou Airport

Some time back, on the Liuzhou Overseas website, I used to meticulously detail and regularly update the flight timetable for Liuzhou’s toy town airport. I kind of gave up because they changed it every time the chicken entrails in the management’s banquet hotpot fell the wrong way. Or when the wind changed direction. They randomly cancelled all flights to Shanghai once, till General Motors went nuts and demanded the service be reinstalled. For a while, they cut off Beijing, too.

They offered daily flights to Guangzhou, then twice daily, then cancelled all flights for a month, then proudly announced their new three times a week Guangzhou service. (It is now daily again, maybe.)

To cut a very long story short, the airport management seem to be a bunch of useless drunks with no commercial sense whatsoever or in other words, typical “communists” who wouldn’t recognise anything Marxian if it bit them on their wobbly bits. They gave up trying to update their own website timetable years ago. But continue to regularly update the propaganda babble.

Anyway, today they have announced their summer schedule. I’m not even going to post it.  It is scheduled to begin on March 25th. I am willing to bet that it will be altered by March 25½th. They tell us they currently offer flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Xi’an, Sanya, Kunming, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Qingdao, Changsha, Wenzhou, Xiamen, Chongqing, Haikou, Nanjing and Nanchang.

Who knows? Maybe.

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6 Responses to “Timetable Toss”

  1. Alex Says:

    They should cancel everything but a (to be invented) hourly shuttle flight to and from Guilin. The huge soviet helicopters would do for that. Then you could have decent connections. But may be the new airport hotel will bring some improvement.

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    If they change to a helicopter shuttle service, they won’t need the airport at all! They could just take off from Liuzhou People’s Square. Much more convenient.

  3. hcoo Says:

    As one working in aviation industry, I think I could tell you something about Liuzhou airport.

    In 2010, they achieved a loss of 12 million RMB in finance. Their target in 2011 was to reduce the loss to 11 million. Many flights had to be shut down because they cost too much and there was no benefit in sustaining them.

    For an airport with not so many people flying, it’s really hard to survive. Expensive tickets lead to fewer passengers, fewer passengers lead to tougher finance, tougher finance leads to more expensive tickets. That’s a nightmare for all small airports like Liuzhou.

    But in the case of Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing, it’s too weird to guess what they are thinking. I took a few flights to Beijing and Guangzhou, they are full. I don’t think there’s any reason to cancel them…

  4. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    It isn’t just since 2010. It’s been the same for at least 15 years.

  5. atraveller Says:

    I have flown quite a few times between Liuzhou and Guangzhou and also the link to Shanghai. All the times the flights were packed. Unfortunately the times were always inconvenient. They never quite matched up with international flights going onwards. No choice in the matter for me, I just take a break in the airport hotel. But the timing is cr*p.

  6. steve Says:

    The smart answer is to avoid this type of chaos by flying from either Guilin or Nanning airports.
    There used to be a shuttle bus that ran from d/town Liuzhou to Guilin International Airport. But again like everything else in the Dragon City it’s subject to instant cancellation.

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