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Fancy a flight from Shanghai to an island paradise for 9RMB? Welcome to the new wave of budget airline carriers opening up in China that’s smashing airline travel costs.
Aviation is a huge growth sector in China with the domestic growth at 11%, with Chinese airlines carrying an additional 9 million domestic passengers in 1Q2015 compared to 1Q2014 and international growth growing by a whopping 57% in 1Q2015.
As this big giant monster they call China stomps it’s way into the richest nation in the world, everyone wants to go on holiday it seems! Happy days for the travel industry.
Here’s a list of domestic and international airports in China, grouped by province, linking to the airports website where available. Many of China’s airport websites have an English version featuring useful guides on airport transfers and procedure guides for arrivals and departures. Also see Booking flights in China
|City Served||ICAO||IATA||Airport name|
|Hefei||ZSOF||HFE||Hefei Luogang International Airport|
|Huangshan||ZSTX||TXN||Huangshan Tunxi International Airport|
|BEIJING (also see Tianjin)
|Beijing||ZBAA||PEK||Beijing Capital International Airport|
|Beijing||ZBNY||NAY||Beijing Nanyuan Airport
|Chongqing||ZUCK||CKG||Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport|
|Qianjiang||Qianjiang Zhoubai Airport|
|Wanzhou||ZULP||WXN||Wanzhou Wuqiao Airport
|Fuzhou||ZSFZ||FOC||Fuzhou Changle International Airport|
|Quanzhou||ZSQZ||JJN||Quanzhou Jinjiang Airport|
|Xiamen||ZSAM||XMN||Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport|
|Wuyishan, Nanping||ZSWY||WUS||Nanping Wuyishan Airport
|Lanzhou||ZLLL||LHW||Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport (Lanzhou West Airport)|
|Guangzhou (Canton)||ZGGG||CAN||Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport|
|Shantou||ZGOW||SWA||Shantou Waisha Airport|
|Shenzhen||ZGSZ||SZX||Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport|
|Zhuhai||ZGSD||ZUH||Zhuhai International Airport
|Guilin||ZGKL||KWL||Guilin Liangjiang International Airport|
|Nanning||ZGNN||NNG||Nanning Wuxu International Airport|
|Wuzhou||ZGWZ||WUZ||Wuzhou Changzhoudao Airport
|Anshun||ZUAS||AVA||Anshun Huangguoshu Airport|
|Guiyang||ZUGY||KWE||Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport|
|Liping City||HZH||Qiannan Liping Airport|
|Tongren||ZUTR||TEN||Tongren Fenghuang Airport|
|Haikou||ZJHK||HAK||Haikou Meilan International Airport|
|Sanya||ZGSY||SYX||Sanya Phoenix International Airport
|Qinhuangdao||ZBSH||SHP||Qinhuangdao Shanhaiguan Airport|
|Shijiazhuang||ZBSJ||SJW||Shijiazhuang Daguocun International Airport|
|Harbin||ZYHB||HRB||Harbin Taiping International Airport|
|Jixi||ZYJX||JXA||Jixi Khanka-Lake Airport|
|Daqing||DQA||Daqing Saertu Airport|
|Yichun||ZYLD||LDS||Yichun Lindu Airport
|Zhengzhou||ZHCC||CGO||Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport
|Hong Kong||VHHH||HKG||Hong Kong International Airport (Chek Lap Kok)
|Wuhan||ZHHH||WUH||Wuhan Tianhe International Airport|
|Changsha||ZGHA||CSX||Changsha Huanghua International Airport|
|Hailar||ZBLA||HLD||Hailar Dongshan Airport|
|Hohhot||ZBHH||HET||Hohhot Baita International Airport|
|Changzhou||ZSCG||CZX||Changzhou Benniu Airport|
|Lianyungang||ZSLG||LYG||Lianyungang Baitabu Airport|
|Nanjing||ZSNJ||NKG||Nanjing Lukou International Airport|
|Suzhou||ZSSZ||SZV||Suzhou Guangfu Airport|
|Wuxi||ZSWX||WUX||Wuxi Shuofang Airport|
|Xuzhou||ZSXZ||XUZ||Xuzhou Guanyin Airport|
|Yancheng||ZSYN||YNZ||Yancheng Nanyang Airport
|Jiujiang||ZSJJ||JIU||Jiujiang Lushan Airport|
|Nanchang||ZSCN||KHN||Nanchang International Airport
|Changchun||ZYCC||CGQ||Changchun Longjia International Airport|
|Tonghua||ZYTN||TNH||Tonghua Liuhe Airport|
|Yanji||ZYYJ||YNJ||Yanji Chaoyangchuan Airport
|Dalian||ZYTL||DLC||Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport|
|Shenyang||ZYTX||SHE||Shenyang Taoxian International Airport|
|Macau||VMMC||MFM||Macau International Airport
|Guyuan||ZLGY||GYU||Guyuan Liupanshan Airport|
|Yinchuan||ZLIC||INC||Yinchuan Hedong Airport|
|Zhongwei||ZLZW||ZHY||Zhongwei Xianshan Airport
|Gyêgu)||ZLYS||YUS||Yushu Batang Airport|
|Xining||ZLXN||XNN||Xining Caojiabu Airport
|Xi’an||ZLXY||XIY||Xi’an Xianyang International Airport|
|Jinan||ZSJN||TNA||Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport|
|Qingdao||ZSQD||TAO||Qingdao Liuting International Airport|
|Yantai||ZSYT||YNT||Yantai Laishan International Airport
|Shanghai||ZSSS||SHA||Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport|
|Shanghai||ZSPD||PVG||Shanghai Pudong International Airport|
|Shanghai||ZSSL||Shanghai Longhua Airport
|Taiyuan||ZBYN||TYN||Taiyuan Wusu Airport|
|Chengdu||ZUUU||CTU||Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport|
|Songpan||ZUJZ||JZH||Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Airport|
|Mianyang||ZUMY||MIG||Mianyang Nanjiao Airport|
|Panzhihua||ZUZI||FZI||Panzhihua Baoangong Airport|
|Xichang||ZUXC||XIC||Xichang Qingshan Airport|
|Tianjin||ZBTJ||TSN||Tianjin Binhai International Airport
|Lhasa||ZULS||LXA||Lhasa Gonggar Airport|
|Chamdo||ZUBD||BPX||Qamdo Bangda Airport|
|Kashgar (Kashi)||ZWSH||KHG||Kashgar Airport (Kashi Airport)|
|Ürümqi||ZWWW||URC||Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport|
|Diqing||ZPDQ||DIG||Diqing Xianggelila Airport|
|Kunming||ZPPP||KMG||Kunming Wujiaba International Airport|
|Luxi||ZPMS||LUM||Luxi Mangshi Airport|
|Xishuangbanna||ZPJH||JHG||Xishuangbanna Gasa Airport|
|Hangzhou||ZSHC||HGH||Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport|
|Huangyan||ZSLQ||HYN||Huangyan Luqiao Airport|
|Ningbo||ZSNB||NGB||Ningbo Lishe International Airport|
|Wenzhou||ZSWZ||WNZ||Wenzhou International Airport|
If your’e hunting for discount flights between China and Australia, read on. This post features some of the tips and tricks I’ve discovered, plus links to great sites for flight deals between Australia and China.
Here’s a list of airlines, with their flight routes (in no particular order):
Qantas Flies between:
Brisbane <> Hong Kong
Sydney <> Hong Kong
Sydney <> Shanghai
Melbourne <> Hong Kong
Perth <> Hong Kong
Jetstar Flies between:
Melbourne < via Singapore > Beijing
Melbourne < via Singapore > Hangzhou
Melbourne < via Singapore > Hong Kong
Melbourne < via Singapore > Macau
Sydney < via Singapore > Hangzhou
Sydney < via Singapore > Macau
Sydney < via Singapore > Guangzhou (starting in Dec 2011)
Adelaide < via Singapore > Hangzhou
Adelaide < via Singapore > Hong Kong
Adelaide < via Singapore > Macau
Perth < via Singapore > Beijing
Perth < via Singapore > Hangzhou
Perth < via Singapore > Hong Kong
Perth < via Singapore > Macau
My personal experience with local Chinese airline companies has been mostly good, the planes are clean, in many cases new, the service is good, and my inability to speak Chinese has never been an issue. All the flights I’ve been on have had staff with English skills, and any messages are broadcast in both languages at a minimum.
The one major standout difference when travelling by plane in China is the crowds, it can get real busy at local airports and it can take a while to get through check-in and security, so allow plenty of time.
I chose to fly from Shanghai to Shenzhen and booked my flight via elong.com website. The service via the website is pretty good once your booking is finalised you receive a SMS confirmation and also an email confirmation. You simply show your passport at check-in and receive your boarding pass.
The Shanghai airport is modern and even features some funky art work to enjoy while your walking the hallway to your departure gate.
The airport is also pretty easy to navigate with english translations on all the signs plus there seems to be a lot of english speaking staff floating around.
I really wanted to make this trip via train, but it seemed difficult to book a ticket on short notice, plus the extremely helpfull staff at the Traffic Hotel in Chengdu where pretty keen to suggest the plane was going to be the best option.
So the flight was booked, with the cheapest option at that time being via China Southeast Airlines (China Southern).
Chengdu Airport isn’t huge but it sure gets busy. I booked a private car to take me straight to the airport, it seemed like simple no fuss way to go and it was comparitively cheap. I remember walking into the airport and just being daunted by the sight of so many rows of people, and how many people there was in each row lining up to check-in.
Lijiang Airport is pretty simple, after check-in and security check you either walk to the waiting room on the left or right depending on your departure gate number. The waiting rooms have toilets, one shop, and seats although probably not enough.
The flight was delayed for over an hour for some reason which was announced over the speaker in both mandarin and english. Luckily I made some new freinds to help pass the time (see the next post).
There was a big cheer from all the people waiting when the plane arrived at the terminal and soon after we were all getting on board.
I booked this flight through the airline booking service at the Tibet Hotel Chengdu. I booked it at the last minute so I’m quite sure that I paid through the nose for this flight at 790rmb for an economy seat. I think if you booked with elong or ctrip in advance you could probably get a flight for half that price.
Flights may vary in price depending on the day, for example a flight going to Lijiang on a Monday can be half that of a flight going on a Friday, being a tourist destination that of course makes sense.
Choosing an airline was quite easy as Air Asia was by far the cheapest airline to get into China from Australia. At the time, Air Asia was under a third of the cost of the other airlines going in that direction.
As a comparison the flight with Air Asia cost a total of $251 (Melb to KL) where as Qantas economy to Kuala Lumpur was between $708 and $2906. The next leg from KL to Chengdu on Air Asia totaled $77, so the total into China was $328 while on Qantas a semi direct flight into Chengdu is around the $1400.