Fly China for Less with New Budget Airlines

Fly China for Less with New Budget Airlines

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.

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Resource: List of Airports in China

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
ANHUI
Anqing ZSAQ AQG Anqing Airport
Bengbu ZSBB BFU Bengbu Airport
Fuyang ZSFY FUG Fuyang Airport
Hefei ZSOF HFE Hefei Luogang International Airport
Huangshan ZSTX TXN Huangshan Tunxi International Airport
Wuhu ZSWU WHU Wuhu Airport

 

BEIJING (also see Tianjin)
Beijing ZBAA PEK Beijing Capital International Airport
Beijing ZBNY NAY Beijing Nanyuan Airport

 

CHONGQING
Chongqing ZUCK CKG Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
Qianjiang Qianjiang Zhoubai Airport
Wanzhou ZULP WXN Wanzhou Wuqiao Airport

 

FUJIAN
Fuzhou ZSFZ FOC Fuzhou Changle International Airport
Longyan LCX Longyan Airport
Quanzhou ZSQZ JJN Quanzhou Jinjiang Airport
Xiamen ZSAM XMN Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
Wuyishan, Nanping ZSWY WUS Nanping Wuyishan Airport

 

GANSU
Dunhuang ZLDH DNH Dunhuang Airport
Jiayuguan ZLJQ JGN Jiayuguan Airport
Jiuquan ZLJQ CHW Jiuquan Airport
Lanzhou ZLLL LHW Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport (Lanzhou West Airport)
Qingyang ZLQY IQN Qingyang Airport

 

GUANGDONG
Foshan ZGFS FUO Foshan Airport
Guangzhou (Canton) ZGGG CAN Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Meixian MXZ Meixian Airport
Shantou ZGOW SWA Shantou Waisha Airport
Shaoguan HSC Shaoguan Airport
Shenzhen ZGSZ SZX Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport
Zhanjiang ZGZJ ZHA Zhanjiang Airport
Zhuhai ZGSD ZUH Zhuhai International Airport

 

GUANGXI
Beihai ZGBH BHY Beihai Airport
Guilin ZGKL KWL Guilin Liangjiang International Airport
Liuzhou ZGZH LZH Liuzhou Airport
Nanning ZGNN NNG Nanning Wuxu International Airport
Wuzhou ZGWZ WUZ Wuzhou Changzhoudao Airport

 

GUIZHOU
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
Xingyi ACX Xingyi Airport
Zunyi ZUZY ZYI Zunyi Airport

 

HAINAN
Haikou ZJHK HAK Haikou Meilan International Airport
Sanya ZGSY SYX Sanya Phoenix International Airport

 

HEBEI
Qinhuangdao ZBSH SHP Qinhuangdao Shanhaiguan Airport
Shijiazhuang ZBSJ SJW Shijiazhuang Daguocun International Airport
Xingtai ZBXT XNT Xingtai Airport

 

HEILONGJIANG
Harbin ZYHB HRB Harbin Taiping International Airport
Heihe ZYHE HEK Heihe Airport
Jiamusi ZYJM JMU Jiamusi Airport
Mudanjiang ZYMD MDG Mudanjiang Airport
Jixi ZYJX JXA Jixi Khanka-Lake Airport
Qiqihar ZYQQ NDG Qiqihar Airport
Daqing DQA Daqing Saertu Airport
Yichun ZYLD LDS Yichun Lindu Airport

 

HENAN
Anyang ZHAY AYN Anyang Airport
Luoyang ZHLY LYA Luoyang Airport
Nanyang ZHNY NNY Nanyang Airport
Zhengzhou ZHCC CGO Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport

 

HONG KONG
Hong Kong VHHH HKG Hong Kong International Airport (Chek Lap Kok)

 

HUBEI
Enshi ZHES ENH Enshi Airport
Shashi ZHSS SHS Shashi Airport
Wuhan ZHHH WUH Wuhan Tianhe International Airport
Xiangfan ZHXF XFN Xiangfan Airport
Yichang ZHYC YIH Yichang Airport

 

HUNAN
Changde ZGCD CGD Changde Airport
Changsha ZGHA CSX Changsha Huanghua International Airport
Hengyang ZGHY HNY Hengyang Airport
Zhangjiajie DYG Zhangjiajie Airport
Zhijiang HJJ Zhijiang Airport

 

INNER MONGOLIA
Baotou ZBOW BAV Baotou Airport
Chifeng ZBCF CIF Chifeng Airport
Hailar ZBLA HLD Hailar Dongshan Airport
Hohhot ZBHH HET Hohhot Baita International Airport
Manzhouli NZH Manzhouli Airport
Ordos ZBDS DSN Ordos Airport
Tongliao ZBTL TGO Tongliao Airport
Ulanhot ZBUL HLH Ulanhot Airport
Wuhai WUA Wuhai Airport
Xilinhot ZBXH XIL Xilinhot Airport

 

JIANGSU
Changzhou ZSCG CZX Changzhou Benniu Airport
Lianyungang ZSLG LYG Lianyungang Baitabu Airport
Nanjing ZSNJ NKG Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Nantong ZSNT NTG Nantong 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

 

JIANGXI
Ganzhou ZSGZ KOW Ganzhou Airport
Ji’an ZSJA JGS Ji’an Airport
Jingdezhen ZSJD JDZ Jingdezhen Airport
Jiujiang ZSJJ JIU Jiujiang Lushan Airport
Nanchang ZSCN KHN Nanchang International Airport

 

JILIN
Changchun ZYCC CGQ Changchun Longjia International Airport
Jilin ZYJL JIL Jilin Airport
Tonghua ZYTN TNH Tonghua Liuhe Airport
Yanji ZYYJ YNJ Yanji Chaoyangchuan Airport

 

LIAONING
Anshan ZYAS AOG Anshan Airport
Changhai ZYCH CNI Changhai Airport
Chaoyang ZYCY ZHG Chaoyang Airport
Dalian ZYTL DLC Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport
Dandong ZYDD DDG Dandong Airport
Jinzhou ZYJZ JNZ Jinzhou Airport
Shenyang ZYTX SHE Shenyang Taoxian International Airport
Xingcheng ZYXC XEN Xingcheng Airport

 

MACAU
Macau VMMC MFM Macau International Airport

 

NINGXIA
Guyuan ZLGY GYU Guyuan Liupanshan Airport
Yinchuan ZLIC INC Yinchuan Hedong Airport
Zhongwei ZLZW ZHY Zhongwei Xianshan Airport

 

QINGHAI
Golmud ZLGM GOQ Golmud Airport
Gyêgu) ZLYS YUS Yushu Batang Airport
Xining ZLXN XNN Xining Caojiabu Airport

 

SHAANXI
Ankang ZLAK AKA Ankang Airport
Hanzhong ZLHZ HZG Hanzhong Airport
Xi’an ZLXY XIY Xi’an Xianyang International Airport
Yan’an ZLYA ENY Yan’an Airport
Yulin ZLYL UYN Yulin Airport

 

SHANDONG
Dongying ZSDY DOY Dongying Airport
Jinan ZSJN TNA Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport
Jining ZLJN JNG Jining Airport
Linyi ZSLY LYI Linyi Airport
Qingdao ZSQD TAO Qingdao Liuting International Airport
Weifang ZSWF WEF Weifang Airport
Weihai ZSWH WEH Weihai Airport
Yantai ZSYT YNT Yantai Laishan International Airport

 

SHANGHAI
Shanghai ZSSS SHA Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
Shanghai ZSPD PVG Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Shanghai ZSSL Shanghai Longhua Airport

 

SHANXI
Changzhi ZBCZ CIH Changzhi Airport
Datong ZBDT DAT Datong Airport
Taiyuan ZBYN TYN Taiyuan Wusu Airport
Yuncheng ZBYC YCU Yuncheng Airport

 

SICHUAN
Chengdu ZUUU CTU Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Dazhou ZUDX DAX Dachuan Airport
Guangyuan ZUGU GYS Guangyuan Airport
Songpan ZUJZ JZH Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Airport
Luzhou ZULZ LZO Luzhou Airport
Mianyang ZUMY MIG Mianyang Nanjiao Airport
Nanchong ZUNC NAO Nanchong Airport
Panzhihua ZUZI FZI Panzhihua Baoangong Airport
Xichang ZUXC XIC Xichang Qingshan Airport
Yibin ZUYB YBP Yibin Airport

 

TIANJIN
Tianjin ZBTJ TSN Tianjin Binhai International Airport

 

TIBET
Lhasa ZULS LXA Lhasa Gonggar Airport
Chamdo ZUBD BPX Qamdo Bangda Airport
Nyingchi ZUNZ LZY Nyingchi Airport
Ngari ZUAL Ngari Airport
Tawa TWY Tawa Airport

 

XINJIANG
Aksu ZWAK AKU Aksu Airport
Altay ZWAT AAT Altay Airport
Fuyun ZWFY FYN Fuyun Airport
Hami ZWHM HMI Hami Airport
Hotan ZWTN HTN Hotan Airport
Karamay ZWKM KRY Karamay Airport
Kashgar (Kashi) ZWSH KHG Kashgar Airport (Kashi Airport)
Korla ZWKL KRL Korla Airport
Kuqa ZWKC KCA Kuqa Airport
Qiemo ZWCM IQM Qiemo Airport
Tacheng ZWTC TCG Tacheng Airport
Ürümqi ZWWW URC Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport
Yining ZWYN YIN Yining Airport

 

YUNNAN
Baoshan ZPBS BSD Baoshan Airport
Dali ZPDL DLU Dali Airport
Diqing ZPDQ DIG Diqing Xianggelila Airport
Kunming ZPPP KMG Kunming Wujiaba International Airport
Lijiang ZPLJ LJG Lijiang Airport
Lincang ZPLC LNJ Lincang Airport
Luxi ZPMS LUM Luxi Mangshi Airport
Simao ZPSM SYM Simao Airport
Wenshan WNH Wenshan Airport
Xishuangbanna ZPJH JHG Xishuangbanna Gasa Airport
Zhaotong ZPZT ZAT Zhaotong Airport

 

ZHEJIANG
Hangzhou ZSHC HGH Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
Huangyan ZSLQ HYN Huangyan Luqiao Airport
Ningbo ZSNB NGB Ningbo Lishe International Airport
Quzhou ZSJU JUZ Quzhou Airport
Wenzhou ZSWZ WNZ Wenzhou International Airport
Yiwu ZSYW YIW Yiwu Airport
Zhoushan ZSZS HSN Zhoushan Airport

Finding the Cheapest Flights between China and Australia

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

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China’s Domestic Airlines – Booking Flights in China

China’s Domestic Airlines – Booking Flights in China

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.

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Flight from Shanghai to Shenzhen on Air China

Flight from Shanghai to Shenzhen on Air China

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.

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Chengdu to Xian Flight on China Southern

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.

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Flight from Lijiang to Chengdu with China Eastern Airlines

Flight from Lijiang to Chengdu with China Eastern Airlines

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.

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Flight from Chengdu to Lijiang on Air China

Flight from Chengdu to Lijiang on Air China

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.

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The Air Asia Experience – Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur on the way to China

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.

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