Kunming Changshui International Airport

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Kunming Changshui
International Airport

Façade of Kunming Changshui International Airport (20180213180341).jpg
Façade of the airport terminal
Airport typePublic
OperatorYunnan Airport Group
ServesKunming, Yunnan
LocationChangshui Village, Guandu District, Kunming
Hub for
Elevation AMSL2,103 m / 6,900 ft
Coordinates25°06′7″N 102°55′45″E / 25.10194°N 102.92917°E / 25.10194; 102.92917Coordinates: 25°06′7″N 102°55′45″E / 25.10194°N 102.92917°E / 25.10194; 102.92917
CAAC airport chart
CAAC airport chart
KMG is located in Yunnan
Location in Yunnan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 4,000 13,123 Asphalt
04/22 4,500 14,764 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Cargo418,033.6 tons
Aircraft movements350,273

Kunming Changshui International Airport (IATA: KMG, ICAO: ZPPP) is the primary airport serving Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, China. The airport is located 24.5 km (15.2 mi) northeast of the city center in a graded mountainous area about 2,100 m (6,900 ft) above sea level. The airport opened at 08:00 (UTC+8) on June 28, 2012,[1] replacing the old Kunming Wujiaba International Airport, which will be demolished. As a gateway to Southeast and South Asia,[2] Changshui Airport is a hub for China Eastern Airlines, Kunming Airlines, Lucky Air, Sichuan Airlines and Ruili Airlines.

The new airport has two runways (versus the single runway at Wujiaba), and handled 37,523,345 passengers in 2015, making it one of the 50 busiest airports in the world by passenger traffic, the first time it earned this distinction. In 2020, it is expected to handle 43 million passengers.

Kunming Changshui International Airport and Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport are the two national gateway hub airports of China.

The main terminal was designed by architectural firm SOM with engineering firm Arup.


The main 548,300 m2 (5,902,000 sq ft) terminal of Changshui International Airport is the second largest terminal building in China.[3] The terminal has 66 gates with jet bridges. Total number of 88 gates are available.


Construction began in 2009. At the time, the facility was reported to be named the Zheng He International Airport. The very short construction time was marred by two separate incidents. The first occurred on January 3, 2010, when seven construction workers died as an incomplete overpass collapsed.[4] On June 28, 2011, 11 workers were injured when a tunnel that was under construction collapsed.[5] Construction of the airport's main terminal was completed by July 2011.[6]


The airport is the terminus of Line 6 of the Kunming Metro, which opened on the same day as the airport. It is also connected to Kunming by a 13 km toll highway, as well as Provincial Road S101. There are also several shuttle bus services available from the city centre.[7]


In July 2014, Kunming airport signed an agreement with the aviation data service company VariFlight regarding the Airport Collaborative Decision Making system (A-CDM) installation in order to improve the efficiency of its operations, reduce fuel consumption and other expenses. Kunming airport became the first aviation hub in China to implement such an information system. In 2017, the airport's on-time performance reached 85.3%. [8]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The new terminal under construction in April 2011
Arrivals lounge of KMG
Arrivals lounge of Kunming Changshui International Airport
Interior view
Check-in facilities
Airside of Kunming Changshui International Airport


AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International, Kota Kinabalu
Air China Beijing–Capital, Chengdu, Dazhou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenyang, Tianjin, Wenzhou, Zunyi–Maotai
Air China Yangon
Air China
operated by Dalian Airlines
Dalian, Shiyan
Beijing Capital Airlines Hangzhou, Lanzhou, Lijiang, Shenyang, Xishuangbanna, Xuzhou
Cathay Dragon Hong Kong
Chengdu Airlines Chengdu, Taiyuan, Xishuangbanna
China Eastern Airlines Baoshan, Beijing–Capital, Cangyuan, Changsha, Changzhou,[9] Chengdu, Chongqing, Dali, Dalian, Diqing, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guilin, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Hohhot,[10] Huai'an,[9] Jieyang, Jinan, Jining, Lancang, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Lijiang, Lincang, Liupanshui, Liuzhou, Luoyang, Luzhou, Mangshi, Nanchang, Nanchong, Nanjing, Nanning, Ningbo, Ninglang, Ordos, Pu'er, Qianjiang, Qingdao, Quanzhou, Sanya, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Shangrao,[10] Shenyang, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Tengchong, Tianjin, Tongren, Urumqi, Wenshan, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xi'an, Xiamen, Xichang, Xingyi, Xining, Xinyang,[9] Xishuangbanna, Yancheng, Yangon, Yantai, Yibin, Yinchuan, Yiwu,[9] Yongzhou, Zhanjiang, Zhaotong, Zhengzhou
China Eastern Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Colombo, Da Nang, Dhaka, Dubai–International, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Luang Prabang, Macau (begins 18 December 2018),[11] Malé, Mandalay, Naypyidaw, Osaka–Kansai, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Phnom Penh, Phuket, San Francisco, Seoul–Incheon, Siem Reap, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei–Taoyuan, Vancouver, Vientiane
Seasonal: Phu Quoc
China Express Airlines Xishuangbanna
China Southern Airlines Beijing–Capital, Changchun, Changsha, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Guilin, Haikou, Harbin, Jieyang, Lijiang, Nanning, Qingdao,[12] Shanghai–Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Urumqi, Wuhan, Xi'an, Xishuangbanna, Yinchuan, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai
China Southern Airlines
operated by Chongqing Airlines
Chongqing, Qingdao
Citilink Charter: Denpasar/Bali
Donghai Airlines Changsha, Haikou, Nantong
Fuzhou Airlines Fuzhou
Garuda Indonesia Charter: Denpasar/Bali
Hainan Airlines Beijing–Capital, Changsha, Haikou, Shenzhen, Taiyuan
Hebei Airlines Shijiazhuang
Hongtu Airlines Changchun, Changzhi, Chengdu, Hailar, Nanchang, Nanjing, Shenyang, Wuxi
JC International Airlines Siem Reap
Jetstar Pacific Seasonal charter: Phu Quoc
Juneyao Airlines Bijie, Hangzhou, Nanchang, Nanjing, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon
Kunming Airlines Baoshan, Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Huizhou, Jinan, Lijiang, Lincang, Mangshi, Nanjing, Nantong, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Taizhou, Tengchong, Wuhan, Xi'an, Xiamen, Xishuangbanna, Xuzhou, Yuncheng, Zhaotong, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai, Zunyi–Maotai
Kunming Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi,[13] Hat Yai, Pattaya–U-Tapao,[14] Phuket
Lao Airlines Vientiane
Loong Air Changchun, Guiyang, Hangzhou, Linyi, Nanchang, Ningbo, Wenzhou, Xingyi
Lucky Air Anqing, Baoshan, Cangyuan, Chengdu, Dalian, Datong, Diqing, Ganzhou, Guangzhou, Haikou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Hohhot, Jieyang, Jinan, Jinzhou, Lancang, Lanzhou, Lijiang, Longyan, Mangshi, Mianyang, Nanjing, Ningbo, Ninglang, Pu'er, Qingdao, Sanya, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Tengchong, Urumqi, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xi'an, Xiamen, Xishuangbanna, Xuzhou, Yichang, Yichun, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai
Lucky Air Bandar Seri Begawan, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai,[15] Koh Samui, Kota Kinabalu, Krabi, Kuala Lumpur–International, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Penang, Phu Quoc, Phuket
Seasonal: Cebu,[16] Manila[16]
Malindo Air Langkawi[17]
Okay Airways Changsha, Hefei, Nanchang, Tianjin, Xishuangbanna
Qingdao Airlines Fuyang, Qingdao
Ruili Airlines Beihai, Changzhi, Chengdu, Enshi, Fuzhou, Hohhot, Lanzhou, Lianyungang, Mangshi, Nantong, Shenyang, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Xi'an, Xiangyang, Xishuangbanna, Yulin
Ruili Airlines Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Sihanoukville
Shandong Airlines Jinan, Jingdezhen, Qingdao, Quzhou, Shenyang, Urumqi, Xiamen, Yantai
Shandong Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Delhi, Osaka–Kansai
Shanghai Airlines Changsha, Hengyang, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Xishuangbanna, Wenzhou, Zhengzhou
Shenzhen Airlines Guangzhou, Hefei, Nanchang, Quanzhou, Shenzhen, Tengchong, Wenzhou (begins 1 January, 2019), Wuxi
Sichuan Airlines Beijing–Capital, Changchun, Changsha, Changzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Jinan, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Lijiang, Nanchang, Nanjing, Ningbo, Qingdao, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Urumqi, Wanzhou, Wenzhou, Wuxi, Xi'an, Xiamen, Xishuangbanna, Xuzhou, Yinchuan, Zhengzhou
Sichuan Airlines Krabi, Mandalay, Taipei–Taoyuan, Vientiane[18]
SilkAir Singapore
Spring Airlines Changde, Huaihua, Mianyang, Qianjiang, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang, Yangzhou, Zunyi–Xinzhou
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang, Phuket
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Tianjin Airlines Haikou, Tianjin, Xi'an
Tibet Airlines Chengdu, Mangshi, Tianjin
Uni Air Kaohsiung
Vietnam Airlines Charter: Phu Quoc
West Air Chongqing, Xishuangbanna, Zhengzhou
XiamenAir Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Quanzhou, Xiamen, Zhuhai

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Newly-built Kunming Changshui Int'l Airport to be put into operation". 2012-06-08. Archived from the original on 2013-12-05.
  2. ^ Shi Guanglin (史广林) (25 November 2008). 投资230亿 昆明将拥有国家大型门户枢纽机场 (in Chinese). Chinanews Yunnan. Retrieved 2012-08-05.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ 昆明新机场规划设计创新 (in Chinese). 2010-05-08. Archived from the original on 2012-03-13.
  4. ^ "7 dead, 34 injured in SW China overpass collapse". www.chinadaily.com.cn. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  5. ^ 马玉佳. "Kunming airport collapse injures 11". Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Main work of terminal project of new Kunming airport to be completed". Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Kunming Changshui International Airport Transportation: Shuttle Bus, Taxi". www.travelchinaguide.com. Retrieved 2017-04-02.
  8. ^ "飞常准:用科技助力民航高效发展,推动智慧航旅服务升级". Soho. 2018-02-01. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  9. ^ a b c d 新航季 · 新航线 ① | 东航云南始发新航线即将开启!快来Pick你心仪的目的地!
  10. ^ a b 新航季 · 新航线 (一) ▎东航3月25日起执行夏秋航季航班计划!
  11. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/281644/china-eastern-adds-kunming-macau-service-from-dec-2018/
  12. ^ 南航云南分公司在昆明成立
  13. ^ "Kunming Airlines adds Kunming – Bangkok route form late-Oct 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Kunming Airlines adds Utapao service from July 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  15. ^ Lucky Air adds Chiang Mai service from July 2018 Routesonline. 24 May 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Lucky Air schedules Philippines service in June 2017". routesonline. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  17. ^ Malindo Air adds new Langkawi – China routes from May 2018 Routesonline. 10 May 2018.
  18. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Sichuan Airlines adds new Laos route from May 2017". Retrieved 30 June 2017.

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