Chinese carrier Lucky Air has been granted an operating licence approval to establish a base at Chengdu Shuangliu International airport in Sichuan province.
The licence was granted by the Civil Aviation Authority of China’s (CAAC) southwest regional authority, and will allow Lucky to form a hub at the airport.
With the approval, Lucky Air joins Air China, Chengdu Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Sichuan Airlines with bases in the province, the CAAC adds.
Hainan Airlines has an indirect stake in Lucky Air through Shanxi Airlines, which owns 31.4% of the Kunming-based airline.
Flightglobal's Ascend Online Fleets database shows that Lucky Air now operates seven Airbus A320 family aircraft, and 17 Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft.