Wuhan Tianhe International Airport

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Wuhan Tianhe
International Airport

Wǔhàn Tiānhé Guójì Jīchǎng
Wuhan Tianhe Airport 2.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Wuhan Tianhe International Airport Co. Ltd.
Serves Wuhan
Location Huangpi District
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL 34 m / 112 ft
Coordinates 30°47′01″N 114°12′29″E / 30.78361°N 114.20806°E / 30.78361; 114.20806Coordinates: 30°47′01″N 114°12′29″E / 30.78361°N 114.20806°E / 30.78361; 114.20806
Website whairport.com (Chinese)
WUH is located in Hubei
Location in Hubei
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,400 11,155 Concrete
Statistics (2010)
Passengers 11,646,789
Source: China's busiest airports by passenger traffic
Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
Traditional Chinese 武漢天河國際機場
Simplified Chinese 武汉天河国际机场

Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (IATA: WUHICAO: ZHHH) serves Wuhan, the capital of the Hubei province, People's Republic of China. It was opened on 15 April 1995. The airport is located in Wuhan's suburban Huangpi District, around 26 kilometres to the north of Wuhan city center. It is the busiest airport of central China as it is geographically located in the centre of China's airline route network. The airport is a focus city for Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines. The airport has flights to international destinations such as Bangkok, Moscow, Osaka, Paris, Seoul, and Singapore.

The airport served 11,646,789 passengers in 2010, making it the 14th busiest airport by passenger traffic in China.

The name Tianhe (天河) can be literally translated as "Sky River"; it is also one of the old names for the Milky Way.[1]

Presently, Tianhe is the only civilian airport in the Wuhan metropolitan area. However, the city authorities are considering repurposing the military Shanpo Airfield (山坡机场; 30°05′17″N 114°18′52″E / 30.08806°N 114.31444°E / 30.08806; 114.31444), located in the city's far southern suburbs (Shanpo Township, Jiangxia District), as a commercial cargo airport. If the plans are implemented, Shanpo will become Wuhan's second airport.[2]

Terminal 2[edit]

Recent developments included the construction of a second terminal, a planned second runway in order to better serve the increasing passengers as well as to accommodate the Airbus 380 jumbo jet. The second terminal, which has a floor area of 121,200 square meters and a designed capacity to handle 13 million passengers and 320,000 tons of cargo a year. The expansion project is expected to be complete by July 2008, with a total cost of 3.37 billion yuan (421.5 million US dollars). By 2010, Wuhan is expected to serve at least five international and 100 domestic routes. Some 12.2 million passengers are expected to pass through Wuhan each year, and the city's cargo-handling capacity is to reach 144,000 tons.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air China Beijing-Capital, Changchun, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Haikou, Hailar, Hangzhou, Hohhot, Wuhan, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Yantai 2
Air China Chiang Mai,[4] Macau International
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle[5] International
Beijing Capital Airlines Dalian, Enshi, Haikou, Hohhot, Sanya 2
Business Air Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi International
Chengdu Airlines Chengdu, Taizhou 2
China Airlines Taipei-Taoyuan International
China Eastern Airlines Anqing, Beijing-Capital, Changbaishan, Changchun, Chengdu, Dalian, Ganzhou, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Enshi, Haikou, Hangzhou, Huai'an, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lianyungang, Liuzhou, Nanchang, Ningbo, Qingdao, Sanya, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shanghai-Pudong, Shennongjia, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Urumqi, Wenzhou, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xishuangbanna, Xiangyang, Yancheng, Yuncheng, Zunyi, Zhanjiang 2
China Eastern Airlines Fukuoka, Kaohsiung, Shizuoka, Singapore, Taipei-Taoyuan International
China Southern Airlines Beijing-Capital, Changchun, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Enshi, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Haikou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Jieyang, Jinan, Kunming, Nanning, Ningbo, Qingdao, Sanya, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Urumqi, Wenzhou, Xiamen, Xi'an, Zhuhai 2
China Southern Airlines Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jeju,[6] Kaohsiung, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, San Francisco (begins 16 December 2014),[7] Seoul-Incheon, Taipei-Taoyuan International
China Southern Airlines
operated by Chongqing Airlines
Chongqing, Hangzhou 2
Dragonair Hong Kong International
Dynamic Airways Charter: Saipan[8] International
Eastar Jet Charter : Jeju International
Far Eastern Air Transport Kaohsiung International
Hainan Airlines Beijing-Capital, Guiyang, Haikou, Hangzhou, Hohhot, Lanzhou, Qingdao, Sanya, Urumqi, Wenzhou, Xi'an 2
Jeju Air Jeju International
Joy Air Xi'an, Xiangyang 2
Juneyao Airlines Shanghai-Pudong 2
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon International
Kunming Airlines Jinan, Kunming, Qingdao, Yangzhou 2
Lucky Air Dalian, Kunming, Nanjing, Qingdao 2
Maldivian Male[9] International
Shandong Airlines Guiyang, Jinan, Nanning, Qingdao, Xiamen, Yantai, Yinchuan, Zhuhai 2
Shanghai Airlines Shanghai-Hongqiao 2
Shenzhen Airlines Changchun, Guangzhou, Hohhot, Kunming, Nanning, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Wuxi, Xining 2
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu, Chongqing, Harbin, Nanning, Nantong, Quanzhou 2
Silk Air Singapore International
Spring Airlines Osaka-Kansai[10] International
Thai AirAsia Bangkok-Don Mueang International
Tianjin Airlines Beihai, Guiyang, Haikou, Jieyang, Jinan, Nanning, Ningbo, Ordos, Sanya, Tianjin, Xi'an 2
TransAsia Airways Hualien, Taipei-Songshan International
West Air (China) Chongqing, Fuzhou, Wenzhou 2
Xiamen Airlines Chengdu, Chongqing, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Jinan, Kunming, Lanzhou, Quanzhou, Tianjin, Urumqi, Xiamen, Xi'an, Yinchuan 2
Zhejiang Loong Airlines Hangzhou[11] 2


Airlines Destinations
Uni-Top Airlines Chennai, Delhi, Luxembourg, Tokyo-Narita[12]


Ground transportation[edit]

There is a limited bus service between Wuhan Tianhe Airport and several bus stops in Hankou.[13]

The future Wuhan–Xiaogan Intercity Railway, one of the lines of the Wuhan Metropolitan Area Intercity Railway, will serve Wuhan Tianhe Airport. The rail line is expected to open in 2015.[14]

Plans also exist to eventually extend Line 2 of Wuhan Metro to Tianhe Airport. The estimated completion date for this project is also in 2015.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Explanation of Tianhe". Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  2. ^ 武汉第二机场项目已上报发改委 江夏山坡机场开始“控违” (The plan for Wuhan's second airport has been submitted to the National Development and Reform Commission. Shanpo Airfield, in Jiangxia District, started to be considered), 21 November 2012
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/air-china-commence-wuhan-chiang-013500995.html
  5. ^ http://www.changjiangtimes.com/2013/11/462364.html
  6. ^ "月底武汉可直飞济州岛". 5 June 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "China Southern Plans San Francisco Service from mid-Dec 2014". Airline Route. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Charter flights from 3 cities in China to start this month". Saipan Tribune. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Maldivian Plans to Start Wuhan Service from June 2014". Airline Route. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  10. ^ http://airlineroute.net/2014/05/21/9c-wuhkix-jul14/
  11. ^ http://www.loongair.cn/loongB2C/html/20131227/7520131227123237.html
  12. ^ Uni-Top launch service with Indian routes
  13. ^ 天河机场大巴运行时刻表 (Tianhe Airport bus schedule)
  14. ^ 武汉至咸宁城际铁路本月28日将正式开通运营 (The Wuhan-Xianning Intercity Railway will officially open on the 28th of this month), 人民网, 24 December 2013
  15. ^ 武汉天河机场将无缝对接铁公空 2015年坐地铁赶飞机 (Wuhan Tianhe Airport to have seamless railway-public transport-air connection. In 2015, take metro to the plane), 荆楚网, 24 April 2013

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