Chiang Mai International Airport

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Chiang Mai International Airport
Logo cnx.jpg
Chiang Mai Intl Airport.jpg
Airport type Public / Military
Owner Royal Thai Air Force
Operator Airports of Thailand PLC (AOT)
Serves Chiang Mai
Location 60 Mahidol Rd, Tambon Suthep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 1,036 ft / 316 m
Coordinates 18°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 Chiang Mai Airport in Thailand
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,100 10,171 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 8,365,851 Increase26.17%
Aircraft Movements 63,843 Increase21.28%
Freight (tonnes) 19,284 Increase1.21%
Aerial view of the airport's runways and southern part of the city

Chiang Mai International Airport (Thai: ท่าอากาศยานเชียงใหม่) (IATA: CNXICAO: 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.


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.[4]

In 2013, 19 airlines operated at CNX, serving more than 5.3 million passengers, 43,000 flights and 18,000 tonnes of cargo.[5]

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.[6]


The airport resides 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).[2] There are two terminals, one for domestic passengers and the other for international flights.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air Asia Kuala Lumpur–International International
Air China Beijing-Capital, Wuhan[7] International
Air KBZ Yangon (begins 2 November 2016) International
Bangkok Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Ko Samui, Mae Hong Son, Phuket Domestic
Bangkok Airways Mandalay, Yangon International
China Eastern Airlines Kunming, Shanghai-Pudong, Tianjin International
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou International
Dragonair Hong Kong International
Hainan Airlines Shenzhen (begins 15 December 2016)[8] International
HK Express Hong Kong International
Juneyao Airlines Shanghai-Pudong International
Kan Air Bangkok-Don Mueang, Chiang Rai, Hua Hin, Khon Kaen, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Pai, Pattaya U-Tapao [9] Phitsanulok, Ubon Ratchathani Domestic
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon International
Lao Airlines Luang Prabang International
Malindo Air Kuala Lumpur–International (begins 30 October 2016)[10] International
Myanmar National Airlines Yangon (begins 4 November 2016)[11] International
Nok Air Bangkok-Don Mueang, Udon Thani Domestic
Nok Air Charter: Nanning International
Shandong Airlines Chongqing, Jinan International
Shanghai Airlines Shanghai-Pudong (begins 30 October 2016)[12] International
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu International
SilkAir Singapore International
Spring Airlines Shanghai-Pudong International
Thai AirAsia Bangkok-Don Mueang, Hat Yai, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Pattaya U-Tapao, Phuket, Surat Thani Domestic
Thai AirAsia Changsha,[13] Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau
Charter: Chengdu
Thai Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Domestic
Thai Airways Kunming International
Thai Lion Air Bangkok-Don Mueang Domestic
Thai Smile Bangkok-Don Mueang, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Phuket Domestic
Thai Vietjet Air Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Domestic
Tiger air Singapore International
Transasia Airways Taipei-Taoyuan International
T'way Airlines Seasonal charter: Muan, Seoul-Incheon International

Busiest international routes 2015[edit]

Busiest international routes to and from Chiang Mai Airport (2015)[14]
Rank Airport Passengers handled Change%
1 Hong Kong 320,254 Increase 27.07%
2 Shanghai-Pudong 271,600 Increase 139.32%
3 Kuala Lumpur–International 199,426 Increase 7.92
4 Seoul-Incheon 116,048 Decrease 21.25
5 Singapore 114,281 Increase 12.97%
6 Chengdu 113,900 Increase 188.69%
7 Chongqing 108,950 Increase 186.05%
8 Hangzhou 101,298 Increase 14.06%
9 Macau 99,747 Increase 1.77%
10 Guangzhou 98,119 Increase 198.50%

Busiest domestic routes 2015[edit]

Busiest domestic routes to and from Chiang Mai Airport (2015)[15]
Rank Airport Passengers handled Change%
1 Bangkok-Don Mueang 3,534,896 Increase 24.64%
2 Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi 1,726,142 Increase 4.76%
3 Phuket 426,703 Increase 32.17%
4 Krabi 201,575 Increase61.38%
5 Hat Yai 129,204 Decrease 13.29%
6 Udon Thani 127,733 Increase 35.21%
7 Surat Thani 105,158 Increase 541.21%
8 Ko Samui 64,905 Decrease 0.81%
9 Mae Hong Son 39,707 Increase 15.46%
10 Pai 5,252 Increase 20.11%


  1. ^ "AOT Investors Site". Archived from the original on 27 November 2011. Retrieved 11 Dec 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Airport information for VTCC from DAFIF (effective Oct 2006)
  3. ^ Airport information for CNX at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
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  5. ^ "Air Transport Statistic". Airports of Thailand PLC (AOT). Retrieved 2015-01-23. 
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  9. ^ "Kan Air returns to U-tapao with restricted service". Bangkok Post. 1 Oct 2015. Retrieved 16 Oct 2015. 
  10. ^ "Malindo Air Outlines New International Routes Aug - Oct 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
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  12. ^ "Shanghai Airlines W16 Thailand operations as of 13SEP16". routesonline. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  13. ^ "Thai AirAsia Files Chiang Mai – Changsha Schedule from late-May 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  14. ^ Airport of Thailand Public Company Limited, Corporate Strategy Department (2015). "Air Transport Statistic". airportthai. Airport of Thailand Public Company Limited. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  15. ^ Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited, Corporate Strategy Department (2015). "Air Transport Statistic". Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited. Retrieved 28 October 2015.  External link in |website= (help)

External links[edit]

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