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Chiang Mai International Airport

Chiang Mai Intl Airport.jpg
Airport typePublic / Military
OwnerRoyal Thai Air Force
OperatorAirports of Thailand PCL (AOT)
ServesChiang Mai
Location60 Mahidol Rd, Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Hub for
Elevation AMSL1,036 ft / 316 m
Coordinates18°46′00″N 098°57′45″E / 18.76667°N 98.96250°E / 18.76667; 98.96250Coordinates: 18°46′00″N 098°57′45″E / 18.76667°N 98.96250°E / 18.76667; 98.96250
CNX is located in Thailand
Location of airport in Thailand
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,100 10,171 Asphalt concrete
Statistics (2017)
Total Passengers10,230,070 Increase8.3%
International passengers2,302,013 Increase9.9%
Domestic passengers7,928,057 Increase8.3%
Aircraft Movements71,993 Increase4.0%
Freight (tonnes)17,647 Decrease8.5%
Aerial view of the airport's runways and southern part of the city

Chiang Mai International Airport (Thai: ท่าอากาศยานเชียงใหม่) (IATA: CNX, ICAO: VTCC) is an international airport serving Chiang Mai, the capital city of Chiang Mai Province in Thailand. It is a major gateway to Northern Thailand, and currently the fourth busiest airport in the country.


Chiang Mai Airport International Departure Hall
Airplanes at Chiang Mai International Airport

The airport was established in 1921 as Suthep Airport.

As a result of the temporary closure of Suvarnabhumi Airport in 2008 due to the protests, Chiang Mai became the alternative stop-over for China Airlines' Taipei-Europe flights and for Swiss International Airlines' Singapore-Zurich flights in the interim. On 24 January 2011, the airport became a secondary hub for Thai AirAsia.[2]

In 2013, 19 airlines operated at CNX, serving more than 5.3 million passengers, 43,000 flights and 18,000 tonnes of cargo.[3]

Upgrades in 2014 included expanding the apron for larger planes, extending operating hours to 24/7 (effective April 2014), and enlarging the international arrival hall and domestic departure hall.[4]


The airport is at an elevation of 316 metres (1,037 ft) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 18/36 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,100 by 45 metres (10,171 ft × 148 ft).[5] There are two terminals, one for domestic passengers and the other for international flights.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air China Beijing–Capital, Wuhan
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International
Bangkok Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Hanoi, Ko Samui, Krabi, Luang Prabang,[6] Mae Hong Son, Mandalay, Phuket, Yangon
Cathay Dragon Hong Kong
China Eastern Airlines Beijing–Capital, Kunming, Shanghai–Pudong
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou
EVA Air Taipei–Taoyuan[7]
Hainan Airlines Shenzhen
HK Express Hong Kong
Jeju Air Seoul–Incheon[8]
Jetstar Pacific Seasonal: Dong Hoi
Juneyao Airlines Shanghai–Pudong
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon
Lao Airlines Luang Prabang
Lucky Air Kunming[9]
Myanmar National Airlines Yangon
Nok Air Bangkok–Don Mueang, Nanning, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani
Qatar Airways Seasonal: Doha
Ruili Airlines Jinghong[10]
Scoot Singapore
Shandong Airlines Chongqing, Jinan
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu, Xi'an
SilkAir Singapore (ends 26 October 2019)[11]
Spring Airlines Guangzhou[12], Shanghai–Pudong
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang, Beijing–Capital (resumes 27 October 2019),[citation needed] Changsha, Da Nang[13], Hangzhou, Hanoi, Hat Yai, Hong Kong, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Macau, Nanchang, Pattaya–U–Tapao, Phuket, Sanya, Shenzhen, Surat Thani, Taipei–Taoyuan
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Thai Lion Air Bangkok–Don Mueang, Chengdu, Guangzhou[14], Pattaya–U–Tapao[15]

Seasonal: Nanjing [16]

Thai Smile Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Phuket
Thai Vietjet Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
VietJet Air Ho Chi Minh City


Busiest international routes 2016[edit]

Busiest international routes to and from Chiang Mai Airport (2016)[17]
Rank Airport Passengers handled Change%
1 Hong Kong Hong Kong 351,784 Increase10.85
2 China Shanghai-Pudong 293,268 Increase11.00
3 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur–International 226,876 Increase 13.76
4 China Guangzhou 132,492 Increase 35.03
5 China Chengdu 127,708 Increase 12.12%
6 Singapore Singapore 117,726 Increase 3.01%
7 China Chongqing 117,038 Increase 24.37%
8 South Korea Seoul-Incheon 108,776 Decrease 6.27%
9 Macau Macau 100,626 Increase 0.88%
10 China Hangzhou 100,402 Decrease 0.88%

Busiest domestic routes 2016[edit]

Busiest domestic routes to and from Chiang Mai Airport (2016)[17]
Rank Airport Passengers handled Change%
1 Bangkok–Don Mueang 3,858,517 Increase 9.16%
2 Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi 1,978,858 Increase 14.64%
3 Phuket 460,054 Increase 7.82%
4 Krabi 217,851 Increase 8.07%
5 Hat Yai 183.234 Increase 41.82%
6 U-tapao Rayong-Pattaya 159,662 Increase 900.45%
7 Surat Thani 110,461 Increase 5.04%
8 Udon Thani 102,615 Decrease 19.66%
9 Khon Kaen 95,263 Increase 213.21%
10 Ko Samui 74,787 Increase 15.23%


  1. ^ "2016 Traffic Report; AOT Airports Traffic Overview" (PDF). AIRPORTS OF THAILAND (AOT) PUBLIC COMPANY LIMITED. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 September 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-18.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Air Transport Statistic". Airports of Thailand PLC (AOT). Archived from the original on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Airport information for VTCC from DAFIF (effective Oct 2006)
  6. ^ "Bangkok Airways plans Chiang Mai – Luang Prabang April 2019 launch". routesonline. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ Lucky Air adds Chiang Mai service from July 2018 Routesonline. 24 May 2018.
  10. ^ Ruili Airlines revises Jinghong International launch in S18 Routesonline. 18 March 2018.
  11. ^ 2018, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Scoot / Silk Air 2019 network adjustment as of 30NOV18". Routesonline.
  12. ^ "Spring Airlines adds Guangzhou – Chiang Mai service from July 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
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  17. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 September 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2017.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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