Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport

Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (IATA: CKG, ICAO: ZUCK) is located in the Yubei District of Chongqing, People’s Republic of China. The airport’s IATA Airport code, CKG, is derived from the city’s former romanized name, Chungking. Jiangbei airport is also a 72-hour transit visa-free airport for foreigners from many countries. In 2017, it was awarded first place in the “Best Airport in the 25–40 Million Passenger Size” category by Airports Council International.[3]

Situated 19 kilometres (12 mi) north of the city centre of Chongqing, the airport is a major aviation hub for airlines in western China, including China Express Airlines, China Southern Airlines(Chongqing Airlines), Sichuan Airlines, Shandong Airlines, XiamenAir and China West Air. Chongqing is a focus city of Air China and Hainan Airlines.

The airport is operating three terminals: Terminal 2 serving domestic flights and Terminal 3A other domestic flights and all international flights while Terminal 1 is currently closed. The first, second, and third phases of the airport came into operation in January 1990, December 2004, and December 2010, respectively. Terminal 2 is capable of handling 15 million passengers and Terminal 3A is able to handle 45 million passengers annually.[4]

In terms of passenger traffic, Jiangbei Airport was the ninth-busiest airport nationwide in 2018, handling 41,595,887 passengers with a year-on-year growth of 7.4 percent. The airport was the eighth-busiest airport by traffic movementsand tenth-busiest airport by cargo traffic in China in 2016.


The civil aviation of Chongqing dates back to the 1920s. After the completion of Baishiyi Airport in 1938, Chongqing became one of the four cities in China that had an airport in operation. In 1950, four flight routes from Tianjin, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Kunming to Chongqing became the earliest to be opened after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. In 1965, the Civil Aviation Administration of China opened an office in Sichuan Province and Chongqing Airport became subject to it. The development of Chongqing’s civil aviation then stopped until the 1990s.[5]

On 22 January 1990, the new airport, Chongqing Jiangbei Airport was opened to replace the old Baishiyi Airport. The development of the civil aviation resumed. In 1997, when the Chongqing area became the 4th municipality of China, Civil Aviation Administration of China established a branch in Chongqing in the same year.


Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport is currently undergoing a major expansion, with a vision of obtaining a major international air hub and becoming the largest airport in western China by 2030.[6] Jiangbei Airport has been outlined ambitious growth plans, competing with Chengdu Airport, Kunming Airport, Wuhan Airport and Xi’an Airport to be recognized as the nation’s fourth largest aviation hub (after those hubs in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou).

Jiangbei Airport was reported to have reached the fastest growth rates since 2011, according to CAPA’s Airport Traffic Benchmark Tool. On 1 November 2015, the annual passengers at Jiangbei Airport exceeded 30 million for the first time.


Airport expansion

The expansion project Phase III, which included a second runway and an additional Terminal, T2, started construction in 2007 and completed in 2010. Major elements of the construction were adding a second runway of 3,200 meters (which was later lengthened to 3,600 meters to satisfy the landings and takeoffs of Boeing 747 and the demands of Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.) to the east of the existing runway, building a parallel taxiway in between the two runways, and setting up a visual aid lighting support system. It also added a second terminal building (T2) with an area of 86,000 square meters, 41 apron aircraft parking stands, and a freight station and support facilities occupying an area of 20,000 square metres (220,000 sq ft). It cost CNY3.3 billion (USD538 million).[7] On 22 December 2010, the second runway was commissioned, which made Jiangbei Airport the fourth airport in mainland China to operate two runways, one exclusively for departures and the other exclusively for arrivals.[citation needed]

The current major expansion – Phase IV – of Jiangbei Airport contains the construction of a third runway and a new terminal, T3A, which is expected to be 530,000 square meters,[8] more than double the size of the existing terminals (T1 and T2A/T2B) combined, costing CNY26.0 billion (USD4.1 billion). T3A is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, after which the airport will have more than 725,000 square meters of terminal floor space, ranking Jiangbei Airport among China’s 15 largest airports with an annual passenger capacity of 60 million and an annual cargo capacity of 2 million tons.[citation needed] Half of the new terminal is currently planned for international flights from major cities in South East Asia, East Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America. After the completion of expansion Phase IV, Jiangbei Airport will become the 4th airport in China (inc. Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan) that has three runways in operation, of which Runway #3 (03/21) will be operated independently on top of the pair #1 (02L/20R) and #2 (02R/20L).

There is a fifth phase of expansion planned for Jiangbei Airport which is expected to include a new terminal, namely T3B, and a fourth runway. This phase will be finished in the mid-2020s.[citation needed]

Phases for the expansion of Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
Phase Date of inauguration Terminals Runways (direction, ref. code) Number of bays Passenger capacity
Constituents Areas (sq m) Aerobridges Remote* Total Total International
I 22 January 1990 T1 16,000 #1 (02/20, 4E) 6 25 31 1,000,000
II 12 December 2004 T1, T2B 104,900 #1 (02/20, 4E) 24 26 50 7,000,000
III 21 December 2010 T1, T2A/T2B 181,900 #1 (02L/20R, 4E) #2 (02R/20L, 4E) 36 49 85 30,000,000 2,100,000
IV 29 August 2017 T1, T2A/T2B, T3A 718,900 #1 (02L/20R, 4E) #2 (02R/20L, 4E) #3 (03/21, 4F) 98 81 179 60,000,000 10,000,000
V Expected 2022 T1, T2A/T2B, T3A/T3B 1,068,900 #1 (02L/20R, 4E) #2 (02R/20L, 4E) #3 (03L/21R, 4F) #4 (03R/21L, 4F) 165 70,000,000 14,000,000

Note: Remote bays include the ones that serve the air freighters.

Surge in cargo traffic

Cargo traffic increased at an average rate of 14% in the first six months of 2011, driven by exponential growth in international cargo. International cargo/mail volumes increased by 12 times from 2010 levels in the first half of 2011, to more than 9000 tonnes. In the second half of 2011, this growth rate is expected to be maintained, with Hewlett-Packard, Asus and other brands of large international IT production capacity supporting the increase, to an anticipated 60,000 to 80,000 tonnes of international cargo throughout the whole year.[9]

New international routes

Before 2010, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport’s international destinations all terminated in East and Southeast Asia, including direct flights to Tokyo (has stop-over in Beijing or Shanghai), Seoul, Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket, Siem Reap, etc. However, this situation was changed in 2011 with Qatar Airways and Finnair opening new routes to Doha and Helsinki, respectively.[10][11]

With the new T3A terminal in operation since August 2017,[12] the airport has had multiple new international routes with non-stop flights to London, Dubai, Los Angeles, New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Rome, Paris, etc.[13] T3A Terminal and the third runway of Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport started operation at 06:00 on August 29, 2017. In the meantime, T1 was temporarily closed, T2 only for domestic flights of Sichuan Airlines, West Airlines, Huaxia Airlines and Spring Airlines, and the remaining flights were transferred to T3A. In addition, the airport operates a free trans-shipment shuttle between T2 and T3A in a 24-hour operation.[14]


Year Passengers Ranking by PAX Cargo Aircraft operations
Number Increase Domestic Global Tons Increase Number Increase
2000 2,780,359 Increase  13.3% 11 62,214.5 Increase  2.2% 36,405 Increase  1.4%
2001 3,192,759 Increase  14.8% 11 64,597.1 Increase  3.8% 41,192 Increase  13.1%
2002 3,865,788 Increase  21.1% 12 71,464.9 Increase  10.6% 49,012 Increase  19.0%
2003 4,287,505 Increase  10.9% 12 76,921.5 Increase  7.6% 56,108 Increase  14.5%
2004 5,233,774 Increase  22.1% 12 87,568.0 Increase  13.8% 64,750 Increase  15.4%
2005 6,631,420 Increase  26.7% 11 100,909.9 Increase  15.2% 72,674 Increase  12.2%
2006 8,050,007 Increase  21.4% 10 120,178.3 Increase  19.1% 88,929 Increase  22.4%
2007 10,355,730 Increase  28.6% 10 143,472.4 Increase  19.4% 105,092 Increase  18.2%
2008 11,138,432 Increase  7.6% 10 160,256.4 Increase  11.7% 112,565 Increase  7.1%
2009 14,038,045 Increase  26.0% 10 91 186,005.9 Increase  16.1% 132,619 Increase  17.8%
2010 15,802,334 Increase  12.6% 10 90 195,686.6 Increase  5.2% 145,705 Increase  9.9%
2011 19,052,706 Increase  20.6% 9 76 237,572.5 Increase  21.4% 166,763 Increase  14.5%
2012 22,057,003 Increase  15.8% 9 70 268,642.4 Increase  13.1% 195,333 Increase  17.1%
2013 25,272,039 Increase  14.6% 9 62 280,149.8 Increase  4.3% 214,574 Increase  9.9%
2014 29,264,363 Increase  15.8% 8 57 302,335.8 Increase  7.9% 238,085 Increase  11.0%
2015 32,402,196 Increase  10.7% 9 318,781.5 Increase  5.4% 254,360 Increase  7.4%
2016 35,888,819 Increase  10.8% 9 54[15] 361,091.0 Increase  13.3% 276,807 Increase  8.4%
2017 38,715,210 Increase  7.9% 9 51[16] 366,278.3 Increase  1.4% 288,598 Increase  4.3%
2018 41,595,887 Increase  7.4% 9 382,160.8 Increase  4.3% 300,745 Increase  4.2%

Source: CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China)

Airlines and destinations


The following airlines operate regular scheduled flights to and from Chongqing

Airlines Destinations
Air China Aksu, Beijing–Capital, Changchun, Changsha, Dali, Dubai–International, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Haikou, Hailar,[17] Hangzhou, Harbin, Hohhot,[17]Hong Kong, Lhasa, Lianyungang, Liupanshui, Luoyang, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nha Trang, Ningbo, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenzhen, Taipei–Songshan,[18] Taipei–Taoyuan, Tianjin, Tokyo–Narita, Urumqi, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xiamen, Yinchuan, Yiwu, Yuncheng, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai
Air Guilin Xuzhou
Air Macau Macau
AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur–International
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon
Bangkok Airways Charter: Koh Samui
Beijing Capital Airlines Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Lijiang, Nanjing, Nanning,[19] Shenyang[19]
Cathay Dragon Hong Kong
Chengdu Airlines Beihai
China Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan
China Eastern Airlines Baise,[20] Beijing–Capital, Changzhou, Dalian, Hefei, Jinan, Kunming, Lijiang, Nanjing, Ningbo, Qingdao, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Taiyuan, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xi’an, Xinyang, Yantai, Yinchuan, Zhanjiang, Zhaotong
China Express Airlines Alxa Left Banner, Bayannur,[21] Beihai, Bijie, Changde, Changsha, Changzhi, Chizhou,[22] Dalian, Datong, Fuyang, Guilin, Guyuan, Haikou, Handan, Hangzhou, Hechi, Hohhot, Huai’an, Jining, Karamay, Korla, Libo,[23] Liuzhou, Longnan, Luliang, Meixian, Nanyang, Ordos, Qianjiang, Quzhou, Rizhao, Sanming,[24] Shaoyang, Shenyang, Shiyan, Taiyuan, Taizhou, Tangshan, Tianjin, Tianshui, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xi’an, Xiangyang, Xingyi, Yangzhou, Yinchuan, Yongzhou, Yulin, Zhanjiang, Zhengzhou, Zhoushan
China Southern Airlines Beihai, Beijing–Capital, Changchun, Changsha, Dalian, Guangzhou, Guilin, Haikou, Harbin, Jieyang, Kunming, Lhasa, Lijiang, Nanning, Sanya, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Urumqi, Wuhan, Xishuangbanna, Yinchuan, Yiwu, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai
China Southern Airlines
operated by Chongqing Airlines
Beijing–Capital, Changchun, Changsha, Colombo,[25] Dali, Diqing, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hanoi, Harbin, Hengyang, Ho Chi Minh City, Huizhou, Jieyang, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Linyi, Nanchang, Nanjing, Ningbo, Ninglang, Phuket, Sanya, Shanghai-Pudong, Shennongjia, Shenzhen, Singapore,[26] Tengchong, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xishuangbanna, Yancheng, Yangzhou, Yichun (Jiangxi), Yinchuan, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai
Colorful Guizhou Airlines Guiyang, Wuzhou[27]
Donghai Airlines Lanzhou, Nanning, Shenzhen, Zhengzhou
Seasonal: Hefei[28]
EVA Air Taipei–Songshan
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki (ends 24 October 2019)[29]
Fuzhou Airlines Fuzhou
GX Airlines Jining, Luoyang, Nanning
Hainan Airlines Beijing–Capital, Changsha, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Haikou, Hangzhou, Los Angeles, New York–JFK, Ningbo, Paris–Charles de Gaulle,[30] Rome–Fiumicino, Sanya,[31] Shanghai–Pudong, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Urumqi, Wenzhou, Xi’an, Xiamen, Yan’an, Yangon[32]
Hebei Airlines Lanzhou, Shijiazhuang
Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong
JC International Airlines Siem Reap, Sihanoukville[33]
Juneyao Airlines Nanjing, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Zhangjiajie
Kunming Airlines Baoshan, Kunming, Nantong, Taizhou
Lion Air Charter: Denpasar
LJ Air Harbin[34]
Loong Air Hangzhou, Qianjiang, Wenzhou[35]
Lucky Air Lijiang, Pu’er, Xuzhou
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur–International
Maldivian Charter: Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Malé
Malindo Air Kota Kinabalu[36]
Okay Airways Changsha, Xining
Qatar Airways Doha
Qingdao Airlines Ganzhou, Qingdao
Ruili Airlines Lancang, Mangshi
Shandong Airlines Beijing–Capital, Changchun, Chiang Mai, Dalian, Harbin, Hefei, Jinan, Phnom Penh, Qingdao, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shenyang, Siem Reap, Taiyuan, Wenzhou, Xiamen, Yantai, Zhuhai
Shanghai Airlines Huangshan, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Wenzhou
Shenzhen Airlines Guangzhou, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Quanzhou, Shenzhen
Sichuan Airlines Altay, Baise,[37] Beihai, Beijing–Capital, Cebu,[38] Changsha, Changzhou, Dalian, Daocheng,[39] Fuzhou,[40] Guangzhou, Guilin, Haikou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Jieyang, Jinan, Kangding,[39] Kunming, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Lijiang, Mandalay, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Nha Trang, Ningbo, Nyingchi, Panzhihua, Phuket, Qingdao, Quanzhou, Sanya, Shanghai–Pudong, Shennongjia, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Sihanoukville,[41] Sydney, Taipei–Songshan, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Urumqi, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xi’an, Xiamen, Xining, Xishuangbanna, Yanji, Yantai,[42] Yinchuan, Zhengzhou, Zhongwei, Zhoushan
SilkAir Singapore
Spring Airlines Jinggangshan, Luoyang, Ningbo, Osaka–Kansai, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang
Spring Airlines Japan Tokyo–Narita
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang, Krabi
Thai Lion Air Bangkok–Don Mueang, Phuket[43]
Thai Smile Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Tianjin Airlines Dalian, Dongying, Hangzhou, Hohhot, London–Heathrow,[44] Melbourne,[45] Moscow–Sheremetyevo,[46] Tianjin, Urumqi, Wenzhou, Xi’an, Zhengzhou
Tibet Airlines Lhasa, Nyingchi, Qamdo, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Xiamen
Uni Air Taipei–Taoyuan
West Air Changsha, Dalian,[47] Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Haikou, Hangzhou,[48] Harbin, Hefei, Hohhot, Jeju,[49] Jieyang, Jinan, Korla, Lhasa, Lijiang, Mandalay,[50]Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning,[47] Ningbo, Qamdo,[51] Qingdao, Quanzhou, Sanya, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Shigatse,[52]Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Urumqi, Wenshan, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xi’an, Xiamen, Xining, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai
XiamenAir Beijing–Capital,[53] Changsha, Fuzhou, Ganzhou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Quanzhou, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Xiamen, Xichang

Cargo[edit source]

Airlines Destinations
AirBridgeCargo Airlines Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Zhengzhou[54]
Air China Cargo Amsterdam, Frankfurt,[55] Shanghai–Pudong
Charter: Chicago–O’Hare[56]
Asiana Cargo Hanoi, Seoul-Incheon
ASL Airlines Belgium Liège, Shanghai–Pudong
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong, Shanghai–Pudong
China Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan[57]
China Southern Amsterdam,[58] Shanghai–Pudong
China Cargo Airlines Dhaka, Shanghai–Pudong[59]
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Addis Ababa, Delhi, Lagos, Miami, Quito, Sao Paulo-Guarulhos[60]
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi[61]
EVA Air Hong Kong, Taipei–Taoyuan[62]
Lufthansa Cargo Delhi, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Krasnoyarsk–Yemelyanovo[63]
MASkargo Kuala Lumpur–International[64]
Qantas Freight
operated by Atlas Air
Chicago–O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York–JFK, Sydney[65]
Shenzhen Donghai Airlines Hong Kong
Suparna Airlines Cargo Guangzhou, Luxembourg, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Shanghai–Pudong, Taipei–Taoyuan

Ground transportation

The airport’s ground transportation is developing very fast. Four highways around the airport are under construction, as part of plans to turn Chongqing into an integrated regional transport hub in western China.[66] There will be a 300,000-square-meter (3,200,000 sq ft) transportation transfer centre in T3A, which will include inter-city rail, light rail and subway.

General plan of integrated transportation Hub at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport:

  • One inter-city rail: Branch of Chongqing-Wanzhou Inter-City Rail
  • Two lines of Chongqing Rail Transit: CRT Line 3 and Line 10
  • Three latitudinal roadways: (1) outer ring expressway, (2) relocated National Highway G319, and (3) southern connecting freeway
  • Four longitudinal roadways: (1) first freeway of CKG Airport (National Highway G210), (2) second freeway of CKG Airport (under construction), (3) Chongqing-Linshui expressway, and (4) northern connecting roadway


Airport bus

Airport Express lines are easily accessible at Terminal 2 and 3.

  • Route K01: Jiangbei Airport → Jiazhou (加州)→ Damiao(大庙)→ Shangqingsi(上清寺)→ Chongqing Great Hall → Jiefangbei (解放碑). It takes about 50 minutes from the airport to the city centre (Jiefangbei).
  • Route K02: Jiangbei Airport → Qixia Road (栖霞路)→ North Square of Chongqingbei Railway Station. 40 minutes may be taken from the airport to the High-Speed railway station.
  • Route K03: Jiangbei Airport → Yanggongqiao (Shapingba)
  • Route K05: Jiangbei Airport → Sigongli Bus Terminal
  • Route K06: Jiangbei Airport → Chongqing West Railway Station
  • Route K07: Jiangbei Airport → Shapingba Railway Station[67][68]

Long-distance coaches

There is a transfer center for long-distance coaches between Terminal 2A and Terminal 2B, and it offers bus services to nearby cities in Sichuan and Guizhou Province, as well as suburban areas of Chongqing Municipality.


There is currently one airport freeway connecting the city center with the airport, and the second one is under construction and will be put into operation in the late 2016.[citation needed] The airport freeway is 23 kilometers long, but it usually takes as many as 30 minutes to get from the city center to the airport because of the heavy traffic.


The airport has four parking lots:

  • International (Outdoor) Parking Lot, located in front of Terminal 1
  • Domestic (Outdoor) Parking Lot, located in front of Terminal 2
  • Underground (Indoor) Parking Lot, located under Terminal 2
  • Central Parking Garage, located in the transportation hub in front of Terminal 3

All together, the airport can accommodate about 7,300 cars at one time.[69] [70]


Chongqing Rail Transit


Chongqing Rail Transit Line 3 runs from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport’s Terminal 2 station, going through the city center via Lianglukou station and onto its final stop, Yudong, covering a distance of 60 kilometres (37 mi). It takes around 50 minutes to get to the city center (Lianglukou).[71]

Line 10, serves as the second metro line connecting the urban areas of Chongqing and the airport. [72] One station of Line 10 is at Terminal 3 and the other is at Terminal 2. This line runs under Runways #1 (02L/20R) and #2 (02R/20L), connecting Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 in landside. Line 10 is the only metro line access to the new Terminal 3, while Line 3 will not be elongated to Terminal 3. Line 10 also reduces the travel distance between Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport and Chongqingbei Railway Station, which can facilitate the transfers of passengers between air and rail.


Terminal 3A has a huge underground railway station that will open in 2019 that will connect cities as far as 300 kilometers away, thus allowing Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport to serve a significantly larger population. The speed of the trains is designed to be 250 to 300 kilometers per hour, allowing journeys to take less than one hour from a relatively faraway locations within the Greater Chongqing Municipality.[73]

Other facilities

The headquarters of China Express Airlines are on the airport property.[74]