Kunming Changshui International Airport
Kūnmíng Chángshuǐ Guójì Jīchǎng
View from roof of the airport terminal.
|Operator||Yunnan Airport Group|
|Serves||Kunming, Yunnan, China|
|Location||Changshui Village, Guandu District, Kunming|
|Elevation AMSL||2,103 m / 6,900 ft|
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, replacing the old Kunming Wujiaba International Airport, which will be demolished. As a gateway to Southeast and South Asia, 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 known as 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. The terminal has 66 gates with jet bridges. Total number of 88 gates are available.
Construction began in 2009 and at the time was reported to be named the Zheng He International Airport. The very short construction time was marred by two separate incidents. The first incident occurred on January 3, 2010, when 7 construction workers died as an incomplete overpass collapsed. In another incident on June 28, 2011, 11 workers were injured when a tunnel that was under construction collapsed. Construction of the airport's main terminal was completed by July 2011.
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.
Airlines and destinations
72-hour visa-free transit
Kunming offers transit without visa 72 hours for foreign visitors with third countries visas to transit at Kunming. This applies to holders of passports issued by 51 countries.
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