Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (CKG)

Written by Ruru Zhou Updated Jun. 11, 2021

Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport is one of the top 10 airports in China.  The airport is the largest aviation hub in the central and western regions 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.

Chongqing Jiangbei Airport

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 an important aviation hub for southwestern China. It is also currently the hub for the following airlines:

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 include:

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, four highways near the airport’s vicinity 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 center connected to the airport itself; the center 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. Line 3 became available last December 2011, even though construction began long ago in 2007.

For your added convenience, 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.

Shuttle Bus

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.

Bus Routes Operating Times Intervals Stops Cost
Airport→Shangqing Si 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 CNY15
Shangqing Si→Airport 06:00~20:20 30 minutes Yutong Hotel CNY15


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-kilometer 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 and 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.

The Wuqiao Airport was considered a military aerodrome before 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:

Qianjiang Wulingshan Airport

The Qianjiang Wulingshan Airport is an airport located in the 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 Chongqing via three airlines: China Eastern Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, and Spring Airlines.

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