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Written by on 07 June 2013

Information for the airports of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou


Beijing AirportBeijing Capital International Airport (BCIA), known as “China Gateway”, is the most important, largest, and busiest international aviation hub with the most advanced facilities. It is also China’s important window to communicate and exchange with the outside world. Since it’s founded in 1958, BCIA has always been striding forward along with time. Especially since China launched its reform and opening-up policy, and along with the fast economic development, the business of BCIA has been growing dramatically by taking its unique political, economical, cultural, and geographical advantages, and its annual passenger throughput has increased from 1.03 million of 1978 to 65.37 million of 2009, ranking the third place in the world. To meet the ever-growing demand of passengers, BCIA has carried out large-scale expansion and reconstruction projects for altogether seven times since 1965. On January 1st 1980, the terminal I with an area of 61580 m2 was formally put into operation. On November 1st 1999, the Terminal 2 with the area of 336000 m2 was put into use. The construction of the Terminal 3 started on March 28, 2004, and after three years and nine months hard work, BCIA completed the construction of the world largest integrated terminal with the high quality and fast “Chinese speed”, the project of terminal 3 construction. Soon after, during the two-month trial run, BCIA organized six large-scale drills involving nearly 60000 participants, and finally the successful take-over and smooth operation of Terminal 3 has been realized, which is highly praised by the professionals from all over the world. Since then, the hardware of BCIA has been effectively expanded, and it becomes the first airport in Asian and Pacific regions that has three terminals, three runways, and two towers operating simultaneously.

As the core node of Europe, Asia and North America, BCIA possesses an advantageous geographical location, a simple and convenient transfer procedure and a highly effective collaboration, making it the most convenient aviation hub connecting Asian, European and American aviation markets. All of China's main domestic airlines, including Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines have established operating bases in BCIA. It is regarded as an important transfer hub by the three largest aviation alliances in the world, Star Alliance, Skyteam Alliance and Oneworld Alliance. As the increasingly improved international airline network comes into being, BCIA is becoming one of the busiest airports in the world, with 1400 flights from more than 70 airlines everyday closely connecting Beijing with other 208 cities in the world. “China Gateway” is now on its way towards a large international hub airport. BCIA has always been taking safety as its highest objective, to build a safe airport. Its good safety records have passed the strict audit of ICAO and CAAC, and have won the trust from airlines and passengers both at home and abroad. Over years, by taking the “Passenger Service Promotion Committee”, “Safety Management Committee” and “Operation Coordination Management Committee” as platforms, BCIA has been taking efforts to build the corporate culture of“under the same gateway, we are a family”, and the brand of “China service”. By the joint efforts of all the residing units, the satisfaction degree of passengers with BCIA has been greatly enhanced. According to ACI, our satisfaction degree of passengers reached 4.47 in 2009, ranking the fourth among the airports in the world, and the second among the airports with the passenger throughput over 40 millions.

In 2008, the successful hosting of the "Olympic Games" makes Beijing the focus of the world, and BCIA also created a couple of records in the history of China's aviation industry during the operation of "Olympic Games" support: 446 special planes, 1076 business planes, 7744 flights involving Olympic Games, with the total passengers of 98420 from great Olympic Family. The achievement of "zero incidence, zero accident, and zero complaint" during this period fully reflects the "featured and high level" services of BCIA. BCIA has been also attaching great importance on its social responsibility, and making efforts to build a resource-conserving and environment-friendly airport. Meanwhile, with its fast growing passenger and cargo flows, a fast-developing airport industry has been taking shape, and the influence of the airport on the regional economy has been increasing day by day. Along with the quick development of China's economy, the development pace of BCIA is also accelerating. Last year alone, BCIA successively won a series of international honours, such as“ACI Best Airport in the World", the mainland China first "Skytrax 4-Star Airport", and "the Best Airport in the World" awarded by a British travelling magazine, and so on. 

Facing future, the "China Gateway" is striding ahead on its way of "Advocating China Service and Creating an International Hub", to serve Beijing City and to build a "City of the World". The BCIA is also striving for contributing to build China into a country with a powerful aviation industry.

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Shanghai AirportShanghai Pudong International Airport is located in Pudong New District, about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from Shanghai's downtown area and about 40 kilometers (24.9 miles) from Hongqiao International Airport.

Covering an area of more than 40 square kilometers (15.4 square miles),Shanghai Pudong International Airport is one of China's most famous and important airports.

The more than 800,000 square meters (197.7 acres) of parking aprons along with 76 gate positions provide evidence of the airport's importance. Pudong International Airport also consists of a main terminal building and two terminal concourses both of which are connected by two passageways for easy access. Thirteen baggage transfer belts for arrivals and twenty-eight boarding bridges and other attached service, such as shopping areas and restaurants are also available to provide travelers with more convenience and comfort during their stay at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Currently airlines flying in and out of Pudong International Airport provide service to 62 domestic cities and 73 international areas.

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Guangzhou AirportGuangzhou Baiyun International is the main airport of Guangzhou, the capital of th province of Guangdong, People's Republic of China.

The airport is the main hub of China Southern Airlines and a focus city for Shenzhen Airlines.

In 2007, Guangzhou Baiyun Internationa Airport was the 2nd busiest airport in China in passenger traffic, and 3rd busiest in cargo traffic.

"Baiyun" means "white clouds" in Chinese, and refers to Mount Baiyun near the airport.

The new airport opened on August 5, 2004, replacing the 72-year-old previous, identically named Guangzhou Baiyun International Airpor(now closed). The new airport is 28 kilometers from downtown Guangzhou. The second phase of construction will double the airports capacity.


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