Kunming Changshui International Airport

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Kunming Changshui
International Airport

Kūnmíng Chángshuǐ Guójì Jīchǎng
The top of New Kunming Airport.jpg
View from roof of the airport terminal.
Airport type Public
Operator Yunnan Airport Group
Serves Kunming, Yunnan, China
Location Changshui Village, Guandu District, Kunming
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 2,103 m / 6,900 ft
Coordinates 25°06′7″N 102°55′45″E / 25.10194°N 102.92917°E / 25.10194; 102.92917Coordinates: 25°06′7″N 102°55′45″E / 25.10194°N 102.92917°E / 25.10194; 102.92917
Website www.kmgairport.com
KMG is located in Yunnan
Location in Yunnan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 4,000 13,123 Asphalt
04/22 4,500 14,764 Asphalt

Kunming Changshui International Airport (IATA: KMGICAO: ZPPP) is the primary airport serving Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, China. The airport is located 24.5 km (15.2 mi) northeast of the city center in a graded mountainous area about 2,100 m (6,900 ft) above sea level. The airport opened at 08:00 (UTC+8) on June 28, 2012,[1] replacing the old Kunming Wujiaba International Airport, which will be demolished. As a gateway to Southeast and South Asia,[2] Changshui Airport is a hub for China Eastern Airlines, Kunming Airlines, Lucky Air, Sichuan Airlines and Ruili Airlines.

The new airport has two runways (versus the single runway at Wujiaba), and handled 33,027,694 million passengers in 2014 . In 2020, it is expected to handle 43 million passengers .

The main terminal was designed by architectural firm SOM with engineering firm Arup.


The main 548,300 m2 (5,902,000 sq ft) terminal of Changshui Airport is the second largest terminal building in China.[3] The terminal has 66 gates with jet bridges.


Construction began in 2009 and at the time was reported to be named the Zheng He International Airport. The very short construction time was marred by two separate incidents. The first incident occurred on January 3, 2010, when 7 construction workers died as an incomplete overpass collapsed.[4] In another incident on June 28, 2011, 11 workers were injured when a tunnel that was under construction collapsed.[5] Construction of the airport's main terminal was completed by July 2011.[6]


The airport is the terminus of Line 6 of the Kunming Metro, which opened on the same day as the airport. It is also connected to Kunming by a 13 km toll highway, as well as Provincial Road S101.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Outside view to terminal.
Kunming airport new terminal.
Inside view of new terminal.
View to the exterior of new terminal.


Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air China Beijing-Capital, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dazhou, Guiyang, Hangzhou, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shanghai-Pudong, Tianjin, Wenzhou, Yuncheng Domestic
Air China Yangon International
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur International
Beijing Capital Airlines Hangzhou, Lijiang Domestic
Chengdu Airlines Chengdu, Guilin, Liuzhou, Xiamen Domestic
China Eastern Airlines Baoshan, Beihai, Beijing-Capital, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dali, Dalian, Diqing, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Jinan, Jining, Kaili, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Lijiang, Lincang, Luoyang, Luzhou, Mangshi, Nanchang, Nanchong, Nanjing, Nanning, Ningbo, Ordos, Pu'er, Qianjiang, Qingdao, Sanya, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Tengchong, Tianjin, Urumqi, Wenshan, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xichang, Xining, Xishuangbanna, Yancheng, Yibin, Yinchuan, Yongzhou, Yuncheng, Zhaotong, Zhengzhou Domestic
China Eastern Airlines Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Colombo, Da Nang, Dhaka, Dubai-International, Hong Kong, Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Luang Prabang, Macau, Malé, Mandalay, Naypyidaw, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Phuket, Seoul-Incheon, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei-Taoyuan, Vientiane, Yangon International
China Express Airlines Guiyang, Nanyang Domestic
China Southern Airlines Baoshan, Beijing-Capital, Changchun, Changsha, Chongqing, Dali, Dalian, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Haikou, Harbin, Jieyang, Lanzhou, Lijiang, Nanning, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Urumqi, Wuhan, Xi'an, Xishuangbanna, Yiwu, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai Domestic
China Southern Airlines
operated by Chongqing Airlines
Chongqing Domestic
China United Airlines Foshan, Shijiazhuang Domestic
Dragonair Hong Kong International
Fuzhou Airlines Fuzhou Domestic
Hainan Airlines Beijing-Capital, Haikou, Shenzhen, Xi'an Domestic
Hebei Airlines Shijiazhuang Domestic
Hong Kong Express Airways Hong Kong International
Juneyao Airlines Bijie, Shanghai-Hongqiao Domestic
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon International
Kunming Airlines Changchun, Changsha, Changzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Hangzhou, Harbin, Jinan, Lijiang, Mangshi, Nanjing, Nanning, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Taizhou, Tengchong, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xishuangbanna, Yangzhou, Yinchuan, Yiwu, Zhengzhou Domestic
Lao Airlines Vientiane International
Loong Air Hangzhou Domestic
Lucky Air Baotou, Beijing-Capital, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dali, Dalian, Diqing, Fuzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Haikou, Hangzhou, Hefei, Hohhot, Jinan, Lanzhou, Lijiang, Mangshi, Nanjing, Nanning, Ningbo, Pu'er, Qingdao, Sanya, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Tengchong, Urumqi, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xining, Xishuangbanna, Xuzhou, Yichang, Yichun, Zhengzhou Domestic
Lucky Air Batam, Krabi International
Okay Airways Changsha, Hefei, Tianjin, Yulin Domestic
Ruili Airlines Beihai, Chengdu, Hohhot, Mangshi, Nanchang, Nanning, Taiyuan, Wenzhou, Xi'an Domestic
Shandong Airlines Guiyang, Jinan, Nanjing, Qingdao, Xiamen Domestic
Shanghai Airlines Shanghai-Hongqiao, Tianjin Domestic
Shenzhen Airlines Changsha, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Quanzhou, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Wuhan, Wuxi, Yangzhou, Zhengzhou Domestic
Sichuan Airlines Beijing-Capital, Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guiyang, Harbin, Hohhot, Jinan, Lanzhou, Mangshi, Nanchang, Nanjing, Ningbo, Qingdao, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang, Urumqi, Wanzhou, Wenzhou, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xining, Xishuangbanna, Xuzhou, Yichang, Yinchuan, Zhengzhou Domestic
Sichuan Airlines Taipei-Taoyuan International
SilkAir Singapore International
Sky Wings Asia Airlines Charter: Siem Reap International
SriLankan Airlines Colombo International
Spring Airlines Changde, Huaihua, Mianyang, Qianjiang, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shijiazhuang, Zunyi Domestic
Thai Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi International
Thai AirAsia Bangkok-Don Mueang International
Tianjin Airlines Tianjin, Xi'an Domestic
Uni Air Kaohsiung International
West Air (China) Chongqing, Xishuangbanna Domestic
Xiamen Airlines Changsha, Fuzhou, Guiyang, Hangzhou, Quanzhou, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xiamen Domestic

Kunming 72-hour visa-free transit policy[edit]

Kunming offers transit without visa 72 hours for foreign visitors with third countries visas to transit at Kunming.

Foreign visitors, holders of passports issued by countries on the 72-hour visa-free list of political transit and stay for transit up to 72 hours in Kunming, can apply for a visa-free transit to stay in China with the immigration inspection authority to Kunming Changshui International Airport.

According to the regulations of the Ministry of Public Security of the People's Republic of China, foreign visitors who meet all the following conditions may apply for transit without a visa:

  • They are people with valid passport in the following list of 51 countries.
  • They are in order to transit through Kunming Changshui International Airport to a third country or a third area.
  • They travel with valid international travel documents with clear detailed departure information from the Kunming Changshui International Airport within 72 hours, it is required.

(qualified third-country destination entry requirements, valid air tickets to the third country or area)


  • They can only in the administrative region of Kunming City.
  • The enter and the departure airport must be the same one. This policy only applies to foreign visitors who enter, stay and departure of Kunming.
  • The 72 hours will be counted from the moment visitors get their transit permits, but not the time when they land at the airport.
  • They can not travel with a round trip flights, like Paris(France) - Kunming - Paris(France).
  • The stay time cannot extend.

72 hours transit visa-free Policy applies to passport holders of the following countries:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, UAE, Qatar

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