There are three airports in Chongqing, and all of these are under one company, the Chongqing Airport Group Co. Ltd.
Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport is one of the top 10 airports in China. It has retained this rank for five consecutive years. The airport, which was reconstructed and expanded in early 2000, is now the largest aviation hub in the central and western region of China. In 2011, it was also recognized by the Airports Council International as the second placer in the Best Airport in the 15 – 25 Million Passenger Size category. It also received the Award for Best Improvement in the Asia Pacific region. In terms of passenger traffic, it is currently the 9th busiest airport in China and the 11th busiest in cargo traffic.
Chinese name: 重庆江北机场
Airport IATA code: CKG
Airport ICAO code: ZUCK
Address: Yubei District, Chongqing
Chinese address: 重庆市渝北区
Location and Distance
The Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport is located in the Yubei District of Chongqing in China. It is 21 kilometers north of downtown Chongqing. Due to its location, it is considered as an important aviation hub for southwestern China. It is also currently the hub for the following airlines:
• China Express Airlines
• China Southern Airlines
• Chongqing Airlines
• Sichuan Airlines
• China West Air
Due to this, the airport is also well connected with both the Sky Team and the Star Alliance networks.
The Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport has two terminals. Terminal 1 serves international flights, while Terminal 2 serves domestic flights. The 1st terminal is capable of handling up to 1 million passengers per year, while the domestic terminal can handle up to 30 million. The airport is also undergoing construction for a new terminal and runway, which will expand its operations. The expansion hopes to make Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport an international air hub and the largest airport in the region of western China by the year 2035. With Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou as the three largest aviation hubs in China, Chongqing Jiangbei is vying for the fourth spot, although it has to compete with four other airports, namely those in Chengdu, Xi’an, Wuhan, and Kunming.
As of 1997, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport was still very small and only served two international flights every week. Over the past 14 years, however, the airport actively launched several international flights. Most of the flights were added over the last 5 years. By 2010, the airport served over 70 international flights every week. By the first half of 2011, the number of international flights exceeded 100. It is also expected to reach 150 by the end of the year 2012.
International flights leaving from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport includes:
• Siem Reap
Despite its dramatic improvements over the past few years, the Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport has ambitious plans for further growth.
Transportation to/from the city
Transportation to/from the airport is developing at a fast rate. Currently, there are four highways near the airport’s vicinity that are being constructed. These are part of the plans to improve the status of the airport in China’s aviation industry. Soon, there will be a huge transportation transfer centre connected to the airport itself; the centre will allow transfers to inter-city rail, subway, and light rail.
The light rail Line 3, which serves Chongqing Jiangbei Airport, is currently the main subway line in Chongqing. It travels from south to north, beginning at Yu Dong and ending at Jiangbei Airport. The Line 3 became available last December 2011, even though construction began long ago in 2007.
For your added convenience, the Line 3 is connected to two railway stations, namely the Cai Yuan Ba Railway Station and the Chongqing North Railway Station. It is also linked to four long distance bus stations, which those traveling to nearby Chinese cities can also take.
One of the easiest ways to get to the Chongqing Jiangbei Airport is to take an airport shuttle bus. If you are arriving at the airport and going downtown, the same buses are also available. The buses can be found at Terminal 2, and leave there every 30 minutes. It stops at Jiazhou Bus Station, Waimao Dasha, and Shangqing Si. The reverse route has one intermediate stop at Yuting Hotel before stopping at Terminal 2. A ticket for each one-way travel costs CNY 15.
Begins at the time of the first flight and ends at the time of the last arrival
Departures depend on the schedule of airport flights
Jiazhou Bus Station, Waimao Dasha
Passengers can also ride a taxi. The fare from the airport to downtown will cost CNY70, with the flat rate at CNY8 and the per-kilometre charge at CNY2.1. The trip to the airport from downtown and vice versa will cost around CNY45.
Aside from the airport shuttle buses, passengers traveling to or from the Chongqing Jiangbei Airport can also take the City-Bus, which is less expensive at only CNY 1 to 2 per ticket. The City-Bus system in Chongqing is robust, organized, and very convenient. There are now about 300 bus lines operating in the city. These run between 5:30 to 21:00. However, the city buses are usually very crowded during rush hours, so if you are traveling to the airport to catch a flight, it is best to avoid the city bus during rush hours.
Wuqiao Airport in Wanzhou
Another smaller airport is available in Chongqing. It is called the Wuqiao Airport in Wanzhou of Chongqing due to its location. It began its operations back in 2003.
Chinese name: 万州五桥机场
Address: Wanzhou District, Chongqing, China
The Wuqiao Airport was considered as a military aerodrome prior to 1997 because its short runway was not rated for civilian use. Initially, there were plans to extend it, but instead, a new airport was built. This finally allowed civilian flights, including flights by the following airlines to the following destinations:
• Air China: Guangzhou
• China Eastern Airlines: Nanjing
• Shanghai Airlines: Shanghai, Pudong
• Sichuan Airlines: Beijing, Kunming
Qianjiang Wulingshan Airport
The Qianjiang Wulingshan Airport is an airport located in Qianjiang District of Chongqing. It is encompassed by the town of Zhoubai and was therefore originally called Qianjiang Zhoubai Airport.
Chinese name: 武陵山机场
Currently, it serves flights to Beijing, Kunming, Shanghai, and within Chongqing via three airlines: China Eastern Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, and Spring Airlines.