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 PCL (AOT)
Serves Chiang Mai
Location 60 Mahidol Rd, Suthep, 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 (2016)
Total Passengers 9,446,320 Increase12.92%
International passengers 2,095,089 Increase9.81%
Domestic passengers 7,351,231 Increase13.83%
Aircraft Movements 69,202 Increase8.39%
Freight (tonnes) 19,227 Decrease0.30%
Source: [1]:1
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.[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 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).[5] There are two terminals, one for domestic passengers and the other for international flights.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International
Air China Beijing–Capital, Wuhan[6]
Air KBZ Yangon
Bangkok Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Ko Samui, Mae Hong Son, Mandalay, Phuket, Yangon
Beijing Capital Airlines Haikou[7]
Cathay Dragon Hong Kong
China Eastern Airlines Beijing–Capital, Kunming, Shanghai–Pudong
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou
Hainan Airlines Shenzhen
HK Express Hong Kong
Jetstar Pacific Dong Hoi[8]
Juneyao Airlines Shanghai–Pudong
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon
Lao Airlines Luang Prabang
Myanmar National Airlines Yangon
New Gen Airways Nakhon Ratchasima[9]
Nok Air Bangkok–Don Mueang, Udon Thani

Charter: Nanning

Qatar Airways Doha[10]
Scoot Singapore
Shandong Airlines Chongqing, Jinan
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu
SilkAir Singapore
Spring Airlines Shanghai–Pudong
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang, Changsha, Hangzhou, Hat Yai, Hong Kong, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Macau, Pattaya U–Tapao, Phuket, Surat Thani, Ubon Ratchathani
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Kunming
Thai Lion Air Bangkok–Don Mueang, Chengdu,[11] Guangzhou[12]
Thai Smile Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Phuket
Thai Vietjet Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
T'way Airlines Seasonal charter: Seoul–Incheon
VietJet Air Ho Chi Minh City


Busiest international routes 2016[edit]

Busiest international routes to and from Chiang Mai Airport (2016)[13]
Rank Airport Passengers handled Change%
1 Hong Kong Hong Kong 351,784 Increase 9.85
2 China Shanghai-Pudong 293,268 Increase 7.98%
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)[14]
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%


External links[edit]

Media related to Chiang Mai International Airport at Wikimedia Commons