The connected infrastructure grid is a key part of the Belt & Road Initiative of China. Fast air corridor is necessary for Qingdao to integrate the initiative. Qingdao airport hence is building up new advantages as an international airport to accelerate its internationalization pace. The latest statistics show Qingdao airport now has 19 international air routes to 10 countries, including Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Canada, Australia, US, Germany, and Thailand. It reaches out to 15 cities, including Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Tokyo, Okinawa, Inchon, Busan, Frankfurt, Melbourne, New Delhi, Kuala Lampur, Singapore, San Francisco and Bangkok.
Qingdao made historic breakthroughs in intercontinental air routes. In 2016, Shandong has opened 5 direct intercontinental air routes, 4 of which are in Qingdao. They are air routes between Qingdao and Frankfurt, San Francisco, Melbourne, Vancouver Direct air connection between key regional cities in Euro/US/Australia and Qingdao thus built. In 2017, Qingdao airport aims to open another 5 intercontinental air routes to Moscow, London, Sydney, Madrid and LA. Moscow-Qingdao air route is generally confirmed and will be open on 5 July. At that time, the Qingdao airport can reach all major international air traffic key cities in Euro/US/Australia; it also will provide faster air bridge for Qingdao residents to visit Moscow and other foreign areas. (Zhou Jianliang)