Nanjing Lukou International Airport

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Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Nánjīng Lùkǒu Guójì Jīchǎng
Interior of Terminal 1, which is now closed for renovation
Airport type Public
Serves Nanjing, Jiangsu
Location Lukou, Jiangning District
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 15 m / 49 ft
Coordinates 31°44′32″N 118°51′43″E / 31.74222°N 118.86194°E / 31.74222; 118.86194Coordinates: 31°44′32″N 118°51′43″E / 31.74222°N 118.86194°E / 31.74222; 118.86194
NKG is located in Jiangsu
Location of airport in Jiangsu
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 3,600 11,811 Concrete
07/25 3,600 11,811 Concrete
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 15,011,792
Cargo 255,788.6 Ton
Num. of Flights 134,913
Source: 2013年华东机场生产数据排序 (in Chinese). CAAC East China Regional Administration. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Traditional Chinese 南京祿口國際機場
Simplified Chinese 南京禄口国际机场

Nanjing Lukou International Airport (IATA: NKGICAO: ZSNJ) is the main airport serving Nanjing (capital of China's Jiangsu province), and a major airport serving the Yangtze River Delta area. It is located in the suburban Jiangning District, over 35 km south of the city center, and connected to Nanjing and other neighboring towns by expressways. Phase I of the Ninggao Intercity Line, or Line S1 of Nanjing Metro links the airport with Nanjing South Railway Station.

Nanjing is the hub for China Eastern Airlines Jiangsu Company, and a focus city of Shenzhen Airlines. China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines also operate a considerable number of flights here. Nanjing is the main base for China Postal Airlines with pure cargo service to all major cities in China, handling express mail and cargo transportation for China Post. In 2013, Nanjing Lukou International Airport handled 15,011,792 passengers and 255,788.6 tonnes of freight.[1]


Construction of Nanjing Lukou International Airport started on February 28, 1995, and was completed two years later. On July 1, 1997, the airport was launched as the new main airport serving the Nanjing metropolitan area, to replace the older Nanjing Dajiaochang Airport. As of August 2012, Nanjing Dajiaochang Airport is still in use as a military base.[2]

On November 18, 1997, China’s state administrations approved the airport for accommodating foreign aircraft, making it a truly “international” airport.

In 2006, China Post started building its express logistics center at Nanjing Lukou International Airport, handling its express mail services. As of 2009, initial construction has been completed, with additional facilities and functions added continuously. The final size of the project is planned to be the largest in Asia and third largest in the world of its kind.[3]

The number of total passengers handled reached 10 million in 2009.[4] In 2013, that number surpassed 15 million, which is 3 million above the terminal’s designed operational capacity. In preparation of the city's hosting for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics, Terminal 2 was completed after more than three years’ construction. Also completed were a new parallel runway with taxiways, a new tower, new aircraft parking positions, and new cargo handling facilities. On July 12, 2014, all flights were relocated to Terminal 2. Meanwhile, the old Terminal 1 was closed for renovation.[5]

The new facilities also removed the bottleneck caused by limited capability of the old terminal and runway. In November 2014, with the launching of the Phase 2 expansion and optimization of neighboring air traffic patterns, authorities approved an increase of peak-hour flight volume from 28 flights per hour to 38 flights per hour.[6]


The airport currently consists of two terminals, two 3600 m runways (paralleled by three taxiways and connected by two taxiways), two control towers, a cargo center, a transportation center, and an apron. Adjacent to, but not belonging to, the airport is the China Post express logistics center and base for China Postal Airlines.

The older section of the airport consists of:

  • Terminal 1 (floor space 132,000m², 16 boarding bridges, annual capacity 12 million passengers)
  • one northern runway (length 3600 m, width 60 m, 4E rating)
  • one taxiway (length 3600 m, width 45 m)
  • a cargo center (34,000m²)
  • an apron (447,000m²)
  • a control tower (height 87 m[7])

Terminal 1 is currently closed for renovation. All passenger flights are handled by Terminal 2.

The Phase 2 expansion includes:[8]

  • Terminal 2 (263,000m² floor space, 35 boarding bridges, annual capacity 18 million passengers)
  • a new 4F-rating southern runway and two parallel taxiways
  • two taxiways connecting the northern and southern runways
  • 20 aircraft parking positions
  • a second control tower (height 107 m[7])
  • an 11,000m² carpark
  • a transportation center, which seats a subway station, a coach station, a Pullman Hotel,[9] and shopping and dining facilities

The two terminals are also connected by the transportation center structure.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
9 Air Haikou, Harbin
Air China Beijing-Capital, Chengdu, Chongqing
Air China
operated by Dalian Airlines
Dalian, Shenzhen
Air Macau Macau
Asiana Airlines Seoul-Incheon
Beijing Capital Airlines Haikou, Lijiang, Sanya, Xi'an
Chengdu Airlines Changsha, Chengdu, Sanya
China Airlines Taipei-Taoyuan
China Eastern Airlines Baotou, Beijing-Capital, Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu, Chifeng, Dali, Dalian, Datong, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Harbin, Hohhot, Huai'an,[10] Jieyang, Kunming, Lanzhou, Liuzhou, Nanchang, Nanning, Qingdao, Sanya, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Tongliao, Urumqi, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xining, Yinchuan, Yuncheng, Zhanjiang, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai, Zunyi
China Eastern Airlines Busan, Da Nang, Fukuoka, Hong Kong, Jeju, Kaohsiung, Osaka-Kansai, Seoul-Incheon, Los Angeles (begins 30 June 2015; pending government approval),[11] Sydney, Taichung, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tokyo-Narita
China Express Airlines Wanzhou
China Southern Airlines Changchun, Changsha, Dalian, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Jieyang, Nanchang, Nanning, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Urumqi, Xi'an, Xiamen, Yinchuan
China Southern Airlines
operated by Chongqing Airlines
China United Airlines Ordos
Donghai Airlines Shenzhen
Dragonair Hong Kong
Hainan Airlines Dalian, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Haikou, Sanya, Shenzhen, Xi'an
Hebei Airlines Fuzhou, Quanzhou, Shijiazhuang, Xiamen
Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong
Korean Air Busan
Kunming Airlines Guiyang, Kunming, Qingdao
Lucky Air Changsha, Guiyang, Kunming, Lijiang, Wuhan
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Mandarin Airlines Taipei-Taoyuan
NokScoot Bangkok-Don Mueang (begins 5 May 2015)[12]
Nok Air Charter: Bangkok-Don Mueang[13]
Okay Airways Changsha, Jeju,[14] Shenyang
Qingdao Airlines Qingdao, Haikou[15]
Scoot Singapore
Shandong Airlines Fuzhou, Kunming, Qingdao, Taiyuan, Wenzhou, Xiamen, Yantai
Shanghai Airlines Guangzhou
Shenzhen Airlines Beijing-Capital, Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Haikou, Harbin, Lanzhou, Nanning, Quanzhou, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Urumqi, Xi'an, Xining, Yantai
Sichuan Airlines Changchun, Chengdu, Chongqing, Harbin, Kunming, Lijiang, Mianyang, Sanya, Zhangjiajie
Spring Airlines Shenyang
Tianjin Airlines Haikou, Jieyang, Ordos, Xiamen
Tibet Airlines Chengdu, Guiyang, Lhasa, Xining
Tigerair Philippines Kalibo
Uni Air Taipei-Taoyuan
Vietnam Airlines Da Nang
West Air (China) Chongqing
Xiamen Airlines Changchun, Changsha, Dalian, Fuzhou, Harbin, Quanzhou, Shenyang, Xiamen


Airlines Destinations
China Airlines Cargo Taipei-Taoyuan, Zhengzhou
Air China Cargo Changchun, Chengdu
China Postal Airlines Beijing-Capital, Changsha, Chengdu, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kunming, Qingdao, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Tianjin, Weifang, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xi'an
Singapore Airlines Cargo Anchorage, Los Angeles, Singapore, Xiamen

Ground Transportation[edit]

Airport Shuttle[16][edit]

City to Airport[edit]

Airport to City[edit]

  • Line 1: 30 min after the first landing, to the last landing of the day (stops: Yuhua Square, Qinhong Bridge, Xihuamen, Nanjing Railway Station), max. interval 30 min.
  • Line 2: 9:30–22:30 (stops: Cuipingshan Hotel, Nanjing South Railway Station, Zhonghuamen Subway Station), max. interval 30 min.


The airport is accessed by Konggang Road, which connects to the Airport Expressway. The Airport Expressway is part of S55 Ningxuan (Nanjing-Xuancheng) Expressway.


Phase I of Ninggao Intercity Rail Line, or Line S1 of Nanjing Metro links the airport with Nanjing South Railway Station. Operation hours are between 6 AM (from Nanjing South Railway Station) or 6:40 AM (from airport) to 10 PM, at 9'57" intervals in peak hours and 13'16" intervals in low hours. The entire journey takes approximately 35 min and costs 6 RMB.[17] At Nanjing South Railway Station passengers can transfer to high-speed trains for other cities, coach services to nearby towns, and Nanjing city subway and bus lines.


Taxis are easily accessible outside the arrivals hall. Fare between the airport and city area ranges between ¥80 to ¥120.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2013年华东机场生产数据排序 (in Chinese). Civil Aviation Administration of China East China Regional Administration. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  2. ^ 大校场机场 [Dajiaochang Airport]. Nanjing City Chronicles (in Chinese). Nanjing City Government. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  3. ^ 中国邮政速递物流发展历程 (in Chinese). EMS. 1 Aug 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Xiang, Yu; Gen, Jia (2009-12-03). "禄口机场年客流量突破1000万人次". 新华日报. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "南京禄口机场T2航站楼正式启用 原航站楼关闭改造". 凤凰网. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "机场高峰小时容量提至38架次/小时". 南京空港多媒体数字报 (356) (南京路口国际机场有限公司). 15 November 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "南京禄口机场新塔台6月启用 同时指挥2条跑道". 人民网. 2014-06-13. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  8. ^ 南京禄口国际机场二期扩建 (in Chinese). 江苏省统计局. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "南京禄口机场二期主体工程完成近80%". 26 November 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "东航10月26日起开通淮安—南京航线". 中国东方航空官方网站 (中国东方航空公司). 16 October 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "China Eastern, Delta and Hainan Airlines' new routes accelerate US-China aviation development". Centre for Aviation. February 23, 2015. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  12. ^
  13. ^ Amnatcharoenrit, Bamrung (2 October 2012). "AirAsia flies out of Don Mueang without a hitch". The Nation (Bangkok). Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "南京—济州定期客运航班开通 每周四周日起飞". 人民网. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "青岛航空航班时刻表". 青岛航空. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  16. ^ 南京禄口国际机场机场大巴 (in Chinese). Nanjing Lukou International Airport. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "10号线和机场线今晨齐发 市民开启"长腿生活"". 现代快报 (新华网江苏频道). 2014-07-01. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 

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