Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport

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Dalian Zhoushuizi
International Airport
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Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport


DLC is located in Liaoning
Location of the airport in Liaoning province
Airport type Public
Operator Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport Co., Ltd.
Location Dalian
Elevation AMSL 33 m / 108 ft
Coordinates 38°57′56″N 121°32′18″E / 38.96556°N 121.53833°E / 38.96556; 121.53833
Website www.dlairport.com
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 3,300 10,827 Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 17,203,640
Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport
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Simplified Chinese 大连周水子国际机场
Traditional Chinese 大連周水子國際機場

Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport (IATA: DLCICAO: ZYTL) is the airport serving the city of Dalian in Liaoning Province, China. It is located in Ganjingzi District, about 10 km (6 mi) northwest of the city center. In 2014 the airport handled 17,203,640 passengers, making it the busiest airport in Northeast China and the 16th busiest nationwide. The airport is the hub for Dalian Airlines and a focus city for China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines. As Zhoushuizi Airport has reached its designed capacity, the new Dalian Jinzhouwan International Airport is being built on reclaimed land to replace it.[1]


Zhoushuizi Airport in 1927

Zhoushuizi was originally an insect-infested marsh, called "Choushuizi" (臭水子) or "smelly waters" by nearby residents. During the late Qing dynasty, it became a racecourse for horse racing. After the marsh was drained, it was renamed Zhoushuizi (Zhou's waters) after a nearby village called Zhoujiatun ("Zhou family village").[2]

After Japan won the Russo-Japanese War in 1905, the Liaodong Peninsula, including Dalian, came under Japanese occupation. In 1924, the Japanese began to convert Zhoushuizi Racecourse into an airport, which was opened in 1927.[2] Immediately after the aviation law of 1927, the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications began planning for scheduled air routes including Tokyo to Dalian (Zhoushuizi). As civil aviation developed later, a few flights per day by Manchukuo National Airways came to Zhoushuizi.[3] After the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937, there was more military traffic by the Imperial Japanese Navy than civil traffic, mostly using Douglas DC-3. The Zhoushuizi airport at that time was about 800 meters long and 400 meters wide.[3]

After the surrender of Japan in 1945, Zhoushuizi was under the control of the Soviet Air Forces for ten years, until it was transferred to the Chinese PLA Air Force in May 1955.[2] In 1973, the military Zhoushuizi airfield was converted into a small civil airport, with a 2,040-meter-long runway and 37 employees, serving 1,961 passengers a year.[2]

As air traffic skyrocketed starting in the 1980s and especially since the 1990s, the airport had its first major expansion in April 1984.[2] It was then expanded four more times, in 1992–93, 1999, 2005, and 2011–12.[2] It served more than 13 million passengers in 2012, ranking 15th in China. Because of the expansion of the city of Dalian, the airport is now surrounded by built-up urban area and has no more room to grow even though it is expected to reach its capacity in 2016. As a result, the authorities launched the new Dalian Jinzhouwan International Airport project, which was included in the 12th national five-year plan in 2011.[4]


In September 2011, a new 71,000 square-meter terminal building was completed as part of the 2.2 billion yuan third-phase expansion project of the airport.[5] The airport has a 3,300-meter runway (class 4E), 135,000 square metres (1,450,000 sq ft) of terminal buildings, 42 aircraft parking places, and 2,600 car parking places. The entire airport covers an area of 3,450,000 square metres (37,100,000 sq ft).[6]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

As a focus city for China Southern Airlines, Dalian has many of China Southern's Japanese destinations. China's flag carrier, Air China, also makes a stop-over at Dalian on its flights from Beijing to Japan. Due to the tight connection and high demand between Dalian and Japan, Japan Airlines still operates daily direct flight from Narita Airport in Tokyo to Dalian. Two major Korean Airlines, Korean Air and Asiana Airlines operate daily flight to Dalian from Incheon Airport in Seoul. Several Russian carriers also operate scheduled and chartered flights between far-eastern Russian cities and Dalian. The majority of international flights are operated by China Southern Airlines, Air China, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, Transasia Airways, Uni Air, and SAT Airlines.


Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air China Beijing-Capital, Tianjin Domestic
Air China Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Hong Kong, Osaka-Kansai, Sapporo-Chitose (begins 31 October 2016),[7] Tokyo-Narita International
Air China
operated by Dalian Airlines
Baotou, Beijing-Capital, Changsha, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hefei, Hohhot, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Xi'an, Yinchuan Domestic
All Nippon Airways Osaka-Kansai International
All Nippon Airways
operated by Air Japan
Tokyo-Narita International
Asiana Airlines Seoul-Incheon International
Beijing Capital Airlines Haikou, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Wuhan, Xi'an Domestic
Chengdu Airlines Chengdu, Jining, Taiyuan Domestic
China Airlines Taipei-Taoyuan International
China Eastern Airlines Beijing-Capital, Changsha, Changzhou, Chaoyang, Chengdu, Chongqing, Fuzhou,[8] Hangzhou, Harbin, Huai'an, Kunming, Luoyang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Qiqihar, Rizhao, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenzhen, Wuxi, Tonghua, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xi'an, Yichun, Zhengzhou Domestic
China Eastern Airlines Da Nang ,[9] Nha Trang[9] International
China Express Airlines Baotou, Chifeng, Chongqing, Dongying, Hailar, Hangzhou, Hohhot, Jining, Kunming, Lianyungang, Nanyang, Qinhuangdao, Sanya, Shijiazhuang, Tianjin, Tianshui, Ulanhot, Weihai, Xining, Yulin, Zhoushan Domestic
China Flying Dragon Aviation Changhai Domestic
China Southern Airlines Baotou, Beijing-Capital, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Daqing, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Haikou, Hangzhou, Hohhot, Jinan, Kunming, Lanzhou, Mudanjiang, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Ningbo, Qingdao, Qiqihar, Sanya, Shanghai-Pudong, Shantou, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Urumqi, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xining, Yanji, Yinchuan, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai Domestic
China Southern Airlines Cheongju,[10] Jeju, Nagoya-Centrair, Osaka-Kansai, Seoul-Incheon, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tokyo-Narita, Toyama International
China United Airlines Beijing-Nanyuan Domestic
Donghai Airlines Ningbo, Shenzhen Domestic
Eastar Jet Cheongju International
Hainan Airlines Beijing-Capital, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Hangzhou, Hefei, Jiamusi, Nanjing, Ningbo, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Weifang Domestic
Hainan Airlines Taipei-Taoyuan International
Japan Airlines Tokyo-Narita International
Jin Air Charter: Seoul-Incheon International
Juneyao Airlines Sanya, Nanjing, Shanghai-Pudong, Wenzhou, Domestic
Lucky Air Kunming, Wuhan Domestic
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon International
Okay Airlines Changsha, Hangzhou, Tianjin, Yantai Domestic
Scoot Singapore (begins 30 October 2016)[11] International
Shandong Airlines Chongqing, Guiyang, Hangzhou, Jinan, Mudanjiang, Qingdao, Xiamen Domestic
Shanghai Airlines Shanghai-Pudong Domestic
Shenzhen Airlines Chongqing, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Jinan, Nanjing, Nanning, Nantong, Shenzhen, Wuxi, Zhengzhou Domestic
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Jinan, Kunming, Xuzhou Domestic
Spring Airlines Changbaishan, Changzhou,[12] Shanghai-Pudong, Shijiazhuang Domestic
Spring Airlines Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi[12] International
Tianjin Airlines Hohhot, Linyi, Nanjing, Nanning, Ningbo, Qingdao, Shanghai-Pudong, Tianjin, Urumqi, Weihai, Wenzhou, Yantai, Yuncheng, Zhengzhou, Zunyi Domestic
Tianjin Airlines Osaka-Kansai,[13] Shizuoka[13] International
Uni Air Taipei-Taoyuan International
Xiamen Airlines Changsha, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Jinan, Nanjing, Qingdao, Tianjin, Xiamen Domestic
Xiamen Airlines Macau International


Airlines Destinations
Air China Cargo Frankfurt, Shanghai-Pudong
ANA Cargo Osaka-Kansai, Tokyo-Narita
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai-Al Maktoum

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport is served by the Dalian Metro Line 2.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On May 7, 2002, China Northern flight 6136 was en route from Beijing to Dalian when it crashed into a bay near Dalian, killing everyone aboard.

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