Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport

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Chongqing Jiangbei
International Airport

Chóngqìng Jiāngběi Guójì Jīchǎng
Airport, Terminal JP7407090.jpg
Airport type Public
Serves Chongqing
Location Yubei District, Chongqing
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 416 m / 1,365 ft
Coordinates 29°43′09″N 106°38′30″E / 29.71917°N 106.64167°E / 29.71917; 106.64167Coordinates: 29°43′09″N 106°38′30″E / 29.71917°N 106.64167°E / 29.71917; 106.64167
CKG is located in China
Location of airport in China
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02L/20R 3,200 10,499 Asphalt
02R/20L 3,600 11,811 Concrete
01L/19R(Under Construction) 3,800 12,467 Concrete
01R/19L(Planning) 3,000 9,843 Concrete
TBD 1,600 5,249 TBD
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 30,264,435
Aircraft movements 238,085
Cargo 302,335

Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (Chinese: 重庆江北国际机场) (IATA: CKGICAO: ZUCK) is an airport located in the Yubei District of Chongqing, People's Republic of China. In 2011, it was awarded second place in the "Best Airport in the 15–25 Million Passenger Size" category by Airports Council International. At the same time, Chongqing Airport received the Award for Best Improvement in Asia Pacific.[2]

Located 21 km north of the city-centre of Chongqing, Jiangbei Airport serves as an important aviation hub for southwestern China. It is a hub for China Express Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Chongqing Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, and China West Air. Chongqing is a focus city of Air China. As a result, CKG is very well connected with Star Alliance and SkyTeam's international networks.

Currently Jiangbei airport has two terminals: Terminal 1 serving international flights, and Terminal 2 with halls A and B serving domestic flights. The first, second, and third phase of the airport came into operation in January 1990, December 2004, and December 2010 respectively. The domestic terminal is capable of handling 30 million passengers and its international terminal is able to handle more than 1 million passengers annually. A new terminal, T3A, and additional runways are currently under construction.[3][4]

In terms of passenger traffic, Chongqing airport was the 8th busiest airport nationwide in 2014, handling 30,264,435 people, a 16 percent increase year over year. The airport remained the 9th busiest airport by traffic movements and 12th busiest airport by cargo traffic in China for 2014.


The civil aviation of Chongqing dates back to the 1920s, and boasts a history of more than 90 years. After the completion of Baishiyi Airport in 1938, Chongqing became one of the only four cities in China that had an airport in operation. In 1950, four flight routes from Tianjin, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Kunming to Chongqing became the earliest to be opened after the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949. However, in 1965, when Civil Aviation Administration of China founded a branch in Sichuan Province and Chongqing Airport became subject to it. Since then, the development of Chongqing's civil aviation has come into a sudden stop, until the 1990s.[5]

On 22 January 1990, the new airport, Chongqing Jiangbei Airport was opened and it replaced the old Baishiyi Airport. The development of the civil aviation resumed. In 1997, when the Chongqing area became the 4th municipality of China, Civil Aviation Administration of China established a branch in Chongqing in the same year.


Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport is currently undergoing a major expansion effort, with the ambition of obtaining Tier 1 International air hub status and becoming the largest airport in western China by 2035.[6] Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport is one of several fast-growing facilities in western China to have outlined ambitious growth plans, with Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Wuhan and Xi'an all vying to be recognized as the nation's fourth largest aviation hub (after Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou).

In 2H2014, CAPA is expected to review the progress and ambitions of Chongqing's rivals in western China. At present, Chengdu's Shuangliu International Airport, which has already been reviewed by CAPA as part of this airport series, is the largest operation of the ambitious western China airports at nearly 38 million passengers annually. Chongqing and Xi'an airports, however, have been said to have reported the fastest growth rates since 2011, according to CAPA's Airport Traffic Benchmark Tool.[6]

Aircraft movement is increasing rapidly post 2011 at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport.

Airport expansion[edit]

In 2004, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport became one of the largest facilities in Western China due to an expansion to Terminal 2, which opened and was originally expected to reach capacity of an additional 10 million passengers annually by 2010. However this goal was surpassed in 2007 where the airport had already served more than 10 million passengers due to passenger traffic growing at such a fast pace. Seven years later in 2014 Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport had already eclipsed 30 million passengers.

T2 Terminal expansion project phase three, which included a second runway and an additional expansion of Terminal 2, began in 2007 and concluded in 2010. Major construction elements included adding a second runway of 3,200 meters(which was later lengthened to 3,600 meters) to the east of the existing runway, building a parallel taxiway in between the two runways and setting up a visual aid lighting support system. It also included adding a second terminal building (T2A) with an area of 60,000 sq.m., 41 apron aircraft parking stands, and a freight station and support facilities occupying an area of 20,000 sq.m. It cost CNY3.3 billion(USD538 million).[7] In 22 December 2010, the second runway came into regular use and Chongqing became the 4th city in mainland China to have two concurrently operating runways, one exclusively for departures and the other exclusively for arrivals.

The current major expansion of Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport includes the addition of the third runway and a new terminal, Terminal 3A, which is expected to be 480,000 square meters,[8] more than twice the size of the existing terminals (T1 and T2A-B) combined, costing CNY26.0 billion (USD4.1 billion). T3A is expected to be completed by 2015, after which the airport will have 700,000 square meters of terminal space, ranking Chongqing Jiangbei among the world's 15 largest airports with an annual passenger capacity of 60 million and an annual cargo capacity of 2 million tons. Half of the new terminal is currently planned for international flights to major cities in South East Asia, East Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America.

There is a final expansion planned for Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport which expects to include a new terminal, 3B, and a fourth runway. It is unknown when this phase will be approved for construction.

Surge in cargo traffic[edit]

Cathay Pacific Cargo Boeing 747-400F aircraft at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport.

Cargo traffic increased at an average rate of 14% in the first six months of 2011, driven by exponential growth in international cargo. International cargo/mail volumes increased by 12 times from 2010 levels in 1H2011, to more than 9000 tonnes. In 2H2011, this growth rate is expected to be maintained, with Hewlett-Packard, Asus and other brands of large international IT production capacity supporting the increase, to an anticipated 60,000 to 80,000 tonnes of international cargo throughout the whole year.[9]

New international routes[edit]

Back in the late 1990s, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport was very small, and had only two international flights per week. However 14 years later and especially during the past 5 years, more and more international routes have been launched. In the year 2010, there were on average more than 70 international flights per week, while during the first half of 2011 this number rose to more than a hundred. This number was expected to further increase to as many as 150 international flights per week during the year 2012.

Years ago, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport's international destinations all terminated in East and Southeast Asia, including direct flights to Tokyo (has stop-over in Beijing or Shanghai), Seoul, Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket, Siem Reap, etc. However, this situation was changed in 2011 with Qatar Airways and Finnair opening new routes to Doha and Helsinki respectively.[10][11]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations Terminal/
AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur 1
Air China Beijing-Capital, Changchun, Dunhuang, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Jiayuguan, Jiuzhaigou, Lhasa, Lijiang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Urumqi, Wenzhou, Xiamen, Yangzhou, Yantai, Yinchuan, Yiwu, Zhuhai 2B
Air China Hong Kong, Seoul-Incheon, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tokyo-Narita 1
Air Macau Macau 1
Asiana Airlines Seoul-Incheon 1
Business Air Charter: Phuket 1
Beijing Capital Airlines Guangzhou, Haikou, Lijiang, Sanya, Xi'an 2A
Cambodia Angkor Air Charter: Siem Reap -
Chengdu Airlines Beihai 2A
China Airlines Kaohsiung 1
China Eastern Airlines Baise, Changzhou, Dalian, Harbin, Hefei, Jinan, Kunming, Nanjing, Ningbo, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shanghai-Pudong, Taiyuan, Wuxi, Xi'an, Yinchuan, Zhanjiang, Zhaotong 2A
China Express Airlines Anshun, Baise, Baotou, Beihai, Bijie, Changzhi, Dalian, Dunhuang, Fuyang, Guilin, Guiyang, Haikou, Hangzhou, Hechi, Hohhot, Jiayuguan, Jining, Lanzhou, Liuzhou, Nanjing, Nanning, Ordos, Qianjiang, Sanya, Taiyuan, Wanzhou, Weifang, Weihai, Wuzhou, Xiamen, Xiangyang, Xingyi, Yiwu, Yulin, Yuncheng, Zhuhai 2B
China Southern Airlines Beihai, Beijing-Capital, Changchun, Changsha, Dalian, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Haikou, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Nanning, Sanya, Shantou, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Urumqi, Wuhan, Xi'an, Xishuangbanna, Yinchuan, Zhengzhou 2A
China Southern Airlines
operated by Chongqing Airlines
Beijing-Capital, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Kunming, Sanya, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Xishuangbanna, Zhengzhou 2A
Citilink Indonesia Charter: Batam 1
Dragonair Hong Kong 1
Eastar Jet Charter: Jeju 1
Finnair Helsinki 1
Fuzhou Airlines Fuzhou 2A
Hainan Airlines Beijing-Capital, Changsha, Guangzhou, Haikou, Hangzhou, Lanzhou, Ningbo, Sanya, Shenzhen, Urumqi, Wenzhou, Xi'an, Yan'an 2A
Hainan Airlines Rome–Fiumicino[12] 1
Hebei Airlines Nanning, Shijiazhuang, Wenzhou 2B
Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong 1
Juneyao Airlines Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shanghai-Pudong 2B
Kunming Airlines Huizhou, Kunming, Nantong, Taizhou, Yangzhou 2B
Lion Air Charter: Denpasar/Bali 1
Loong Air Hangzhou 1
Lucky Air Lijiang, Kunming, Xuzhou 2A
Maldivian Malé 1
Mega Maldives Charter: Malé 1
Okay Airways Changsha, Tianjin 2B
Qatar Airways Doha 1
Shandong Airlines Beijing-Capital, Changchun, Dalian, Fuzhou, Guilin, Harbin, Jinan, Kunming, Qingdao, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang, Xiamen, Yantai, Zhengzhou 2B
Shandong Airlines Batam, Chiang Mai, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap 1
Shanghai Airlines Huangshan, Shanghai-Hongqiao 2B
Shenzhen Airlines Changchun, Dalian, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Wuxi, Zhengzhou 2B
Sichuan Airlines Beijing-Capital, Changchun, Changsha, Changzhou, Dalian, Guangzhou, Haikou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Jieyang, Jinan, Kangding, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Lijiang, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Ningbo, Panzhihua, Qingdao, Quanzhou, Sanya, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shanghai-Pudong, Shennongjia, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Urumqi, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xining, Yanji, Yichang, Yinchuan, Zhangjiajie, Zhengzhou 2A
Sichuan Airlines Phuket, Sydney, Taipei-Songshan
Seasonal: Krabi[13]
SilkAir Singapore 1
Spring Airlines Luoyang, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang 2B
Spring Airlines Osaka-Kansai 1
SriLankan Airlines Charter: Colombo 1
Thai AirAsia Bangkok-Don Mueang
Seasonal: Phuket
Thai Smile Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi 1
Tianjin Airlines Hohhot, Sanya, Tianjin, Urumqi, Xi'an, Yulin 2A
Tibet Airlines Lhasa, Nyingchi, Qamdo, Shanghai-Hongqiao 2B
Tonlesap Airlines Seasonal: Siem Reap 1
TransAsia Airways Taipei-Songshan 1
Vietnam Airlines Da Nang[14]
Seasonal charter: Nha Trang (begins 11 July 2015)[15]
West Air Changsha, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guilin, Haikou, Harbin, Hefei, Hohhot, Jinan, Jiuzhaigou, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Lijiang, Nanchang, Nanjing, Ningbo, Qingdao, Quanzhou, Sanya, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Urumqi, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xishuangbanna, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai 2A
Xiamen Airlines Changsha, Fuzhou, Ganzhou, Guilin, Hangzhou, Harbin, Lhasa, Nanchang, Quanzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xichang, Xining 2B


Airlines Destinations
AirBridgeCargo Airlines Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Zhengzhou[16]
Air China Cargo Amsterdam, Chennai, Frankfurt,[17] Luxembourg, Shanghai-Pudong
Charter: Chicago-O'Hare[18]
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong, Shanghai-Pudong
China Airlines Taipei-Taoyuan[19]
China Southern Amsterdam,[20] Shanghai-Pudong
China Eastern Dhaka, Shanghai-Pudong[21]
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi[22]
EVA Air Hong Kong, Shanghai-Pudong, Taipei-Taoyuan[23]
Lufthansa Cargo Delhi, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Krasnoyarsk-Yemelyanovo[24]
Qantas Freight
operated by Atlas Air
Chicago-O'Hare, New York-JFK, Sydney[25]
Shenzhen Donghai Airlines Hong Kong
Singapore Airlines Cargo Bangalore, Dhaka, Kolkata, Shanghai-Pudong, Singapore[26]
TNT Airways Liège, Shanghai-Pudong
Yangtze River Express Guangzhou, Luxembourg, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Shanghai-Pudong, Taipei-Taoyuan

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport's ground transportation is developing very fast. Four highways around the airport are under construction, as part of plans to turn Chongqing into an integrated regional transport hub in western China.[27] There will be a 300,000sqm transportation transfer centre in T3A, which will include inter-city rail, light rail and subway.


Airport shuttle buses are easily accessible at Terminal 2. They leave for the city every half an hour, with stops at Jiazhou Bus Station, Waimao Dasha(International Commerce Mansion) and final stop, Shangqing Si. The reverse route is slightly different, with beginning stop at Shangqing Si, but only one intermediate stop at Yutong Hotel and the buses finally stop at Terminal 2. A one-way ticket costs CNY15(approximately 2.4 US dollars).[28]

There is a bus transition center between Hall A and Hall B of Terminal 2, and it offers bus services to nearby cities in Sichuan and Guizhou Province, as well as satellite cities of Chongqing Municipality. Those cities include:

  • Chongqing Municipality: Tongliang, Tongnan, Yongchuan, Dazu, Jiangjin, Hechuan, Beibei, Rongchang, Changshou, Dianjiang, Zhongxian, Shizhu, Qijiang, Liangping and Wanzhou District.
  • Sichuan Province: Yibin, Zigong, Neijiang, Guang'an, Linshui, Nanchong, Nanbu, Xichong, Hejiang, Dazhou, Anyue, Dazhu, Suixian, and Suining.
  • Guizhou Province: Zunyi, Chishui and Xishui.

The fares range from CNY40 to CNY100 yuan.


There is currently one airport freeway connecting the city center with the airport, and the second one has been planned. The airport freeway is 23 kilometers long, but it usually takes as many as 30 minutes to get from the city center to the airport because of the heavy traffic. Parking lot lies right in front of Terminal 1 and 2.

Car rental service is also available at the airport.



CRT Metro Line 3 seen here, departing Chongqing Jiangbei International airport.

Chongqing Metro Line 3 currently runs from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport Terminal 2 station via the city center at Lianglukou Station, on to its final stop, Yudong, covering a distance of 60 kilometers(37.3 miles) in total. It takes around 50 minutes to get to the city center (Lianglukou) and the cost is around 7 yuan.[29]

Chongqing Metro Line 10, which will be completed in 2017, will serve as the second metro rail line connecting the urban areas of Chongqing and the airport. One station of Line 10 will be at Terminal 3 and another will be at Terminal 2. The subway will run under runways (02L/20R) and (02R/20L), connecting the public areas at Terminal 2 and Terminal 3; CRT Line 10 will have the only direct metro access to the new Terminal 3 complex under construction, CRT Line 3 will have no station at Terminal 3. Line 10 will reduce the travel distance between Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport and Chongqingbei Railway Station, which can facilitate the convenience of passengers in transferring between airport and rail.


Terminal 3A, currently under construction, will have a huge underground railway station that will open in 2015 that will connect cities as far as 300 kilometers away, thus allowing Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport to serve a significantly larger population. The speed of the trains is designed to be 250 to 300 kilometers per hour, allowing journeys to take less than one hour from a relatively faraway locations within the Greater Chongqing Municipality.[30]

Automated People Mover[edit]

In the master plan of Chongqing Airport, there will be 2 APM lines that one connects Terminal 3A with its satellite Terminal 3B, and the other Terminal 3A with Terminal 2. Both the two lines serve the passengers in non-public areas and that means passengers for inter-terminal transfers needn't reclaim their baggages and take the subway or bus to the other terminal. Accurate time of completion hasn't been announced, but they should be put into operation together with Terminal 3B in the early 2020s.


Taxis can easily be found in front of Arrival Halls in both Terminal 1 and 2. The flat rate fare of most taxis in Chongqing is about CNY10(USD1.6) for the first 3 kilometers (about 1.9 miles) and then the distance surcharge is about CNY 2.1 per kilometers. It usually costs passengers at least CNY70(USD12) from the airport to downtown area in the day time, but more than CNY100(USD16) at night.


On 18 January 1988 China Southwest Airlines Flight 4146, an Ilyushin Il-18, crashed while on approach to Chongqing Airport. All 108 passengers and crew on board were killed.

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