Guilin Liangjiang International Airport

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Guilin Liangjiang
International Airport
Airport type Public
Location Guilin, Guangxi, China
Elevation AMSL 174 m / 571 ft
Coordinates 25°13′05″N 110°02′21″E / 25.21806°N 110.03917°E / 25.21806; 110.03917Coordinates: 25°13′05″N 110°02′21″E / 25.21806°N 110.03917°E / 25.21806; 110.03917
KWL is located in China
Location of airport in China
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 3,200 10,499 Concrete
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 6,897,741
Aircraft movements 60,804
Cargo 35,841.5
Guilin Liangjiang International Airport
Traditional Chinese 桂林兩江國際機場
Simplified Chinese 桂林两江国际机场

Guilin Liangjiang International Airport (IATA: KWLICAO: ZGKL) is the airport serving the city of Guilin in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. It is located in Liangjiang, about 28 km (17 mi) southwest of the city center.[1]

In 2014, Guilin Liangjiang International Airport was the 33rd busiest airport in China with 5 875 327 people.[2] Around 4 million passengers transit through Liangjiang International annually, traveling to one of the 48 domestic and international destinations served nonstop from Guilin.[1][3]


During World War II, the airport was known as Kweilin Airfield and was used by the United States Army Air Forces Fourteenth Air Force as part of the China Defensive Campaign (1942–1945). Kweilin was the headquarters of the 23d Fighter Group, the "Flying Tigers" during late 1943 and through most of 1944 and also its command and control unit, the 68th Composite Wing. The unit flew P-40 Warhawk and later P-51 Mustang fighter bombers from the airport, attacking Japanese targets and supporting Chinese army units. In support of the combat units, Kweilin was also the home of the 8th Reconnaissance Group, which operated unarmed P-38 Lightning aircraft equipped with an array of mapping cameras to gather intelligence over Japanese-held areas. The Flying Tigers departed the base in late 1944, being replaced by elements of the Chinese-American Composite Wing (CACW), which flew B-25 Mitchell and P-51 Mustang fighters from the airport on combat missions until the end of the war in September 1945. The Americans closed their facilities after the war ended in September 1945.[4][5]

In September 1991, the State Council of China and the Central Military Commission approved a 1.85 billion yuan project to transform Kweilin Airfield into a commercial airport. Construction began in July 1993, and the airport was opened to the public on 1 October 1996.[3] It had replaced the Guilin Qifengling Airport.

Liangjiang International Airport now features a 2,800 meter-long runway, a 150,000 square meter large parking apron, 20 gate positions, and a 50,000 square meter large terminal building.[1][3] The airport has also invested 20 million yuan into improving Liangjiang International's aesthetics and making the airport more environmentally-friendly. The airport has received several awards for their efforts.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

A China Southern Airlines 737-800 boarding
Airlines Destinations Terminal/
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International International
Air Chang'an Xi'an Domestic
Air China Beijing-Capital, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Shanghai-Pudong, Xi'an Domestic
Asiana Airlines Seoul-Incheon International
Beijing Capital Airlines Haikou, Hangzhou, Jinan, Nanjing, Taiyuan, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xinzhou, Zhengzhou Domestic
Chengdu Airlines Haikou, Zhengzhou Domestic
China Eastern Airlines Hefei, Ningbo, Sanya, Shanghai-Pudong, Xi'an, Xining Domestic
China Eastern Airlines Seoul-Incheon International
China Express Airlines Baise, Beihai, Chongqing Domestic
China Southern Airlines Beijing-Capital, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Haikou, Hangzhou, Hefei, Kunming, Nanjing, Nanning, Qingdao, Shanghai-Pudong, Shantou, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Urumqi, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xi'an, Zhengzhou Domestic
China Southern Airlines Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Osaka-Kansai,[6] Taipei-Taoyuan
Seasonal: Muan[7]
Dragonair Hong Kong International
EVA Air Taipei-Taoyuan International
Far Eastern Air Transport Kaohsiung International
Fuzhou Airlines Fuzhou Domestic
Grand China Air Beijing-Capital Domestic
Hainan Airlines Hangzhou, Sanya, Xi'an, Xuzhou Domestic
Juneyao Airlines Shanghai-Pudong Domestic
Korean Air Charter: Jeju International
Lucky Air Fuzhou, Kunming, Xiamen Domestic
New Gen Airways Bangkok-Don Mueang International
Okay Airways Tianjin Domestic
Shandong Airlines Chengdu, Chongqing, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Jinan, Nanjing, Qingdao, Wuhan, Xiamen, Yantai, Zhengzhou Domestic
Shanghai Airlines Shanghai-Pudong Domestic
Shanghai Airlines Busan International
Shenzhen Airlines Hefei, Nanjing, Nantong, Shenyang, Wuxi Domestic
Sichuan Airlines Harbin, Sanya, Taiyuan, Yinchuan Domestic
Spring Airlines Shanghai-Pudong, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang Domestic
Tianjin Airlines Guiyang, Haikou, Lanzhou, Tianjin, Zhengzhou Domestic
Tigerair Singapore International
West Air Chongqing Domestic
Xiamen Airlines Chongqing, Fuzhou, Xiamen Domestic

See also[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  1. ^ a b c
  2. ^ 2013年民航机场吞吐量排名 (in Chinese). Civil Aviation Administration of China. 2013-03-24. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  3. ^ a b c d
  4. ^ Maurer, Maurer. Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1983. ISBN 0-89201-092-4
  5. ^ USAFHRA Document Search – Kweilin
  6. ^ "China Southern Adds Guilin - Osaka Route from May 2015". Airline Route. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  7. ^

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