Hangzhou’s architectural design will surely amaze you.
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport is China’s chief airport located in Hangzhou, which is considered china’s business district and is the capital city of Zhejiang province. The airport is situated 27 kilometers east of downtown Hangzhou along the southern shore of Qiantang river in the Xiaoshan District. Hangzhou international airport serves termini all over china. Its international destinations are mainly in East and Southeast Asia, selected African destinations, Europe and South Asia. According to the latest rankings, Hangzhou international airport is the 10th busiest airport globally recording a passenger traffic of 22,114,103 passengers. Locally, Hangzhou airport is ranked as the 7th busiest. Cargo traffic and traffic movements are the benchmarks for the rankings.
Hangzhou airport is an architectural marvel, designed by the Aedas architectural firm. Construction of the Hangzhou international airport was carried out in three phases. The first phase was basically to replace the old Hangzhou Jianqiao Airportand it commenced on July 1997. The old airport was used both for military and civilian use. Currently, the old airport serves as a military base for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force. Jianqiao was converted to an airbase and institution specializing in airfield and fight skills under the mandate of Anhui clique warlord Lu Yongxiangand veteran World War 1 ace fighter pilot Zhu Binhou. In 1931, Jianqiao airbase was amalgamated following the Mukden incident. This was an executive order by China’s government. Jianqiao was the site where major air battles between Chinese air force and imperial Japanese air forces went down. This was during the second Sino-Japanese war (1937-1945). It was then converted to a public airport in 1956 and the first civil flight was recorded on January 1 1957. In the wake of President Richard Nixon’s official visit to china in 1971, the airport was expanded. It underwent further developments in 1990 when its runway was lengthened and widened to 3200 meters long and 50 meters wide.
All commercial flights were transferred to the freshly constructed Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport. Construction of the first phase of Hangzhou Xiaoshan was through by 30th December 2000 and was opened for traffic. After the completion of construction of custom and immigration facilities in March 2004, it became an international airport. A second 3600 meter runway is also under construction. Also under construction are terminal extensions. Hangzhou was in the news on 9th July 2010 after an unidentified flying object was detected. This prompted the airport’s closure for an hour. The flying object could not be located by the radar and providentially waved off landing flights. This caused as massive hitch as 18 flights were cancelled. Normal operations were restored four hours later but the Chinese media created a buzz over the UFO’s controversial identity.
Hangzhou serves as the hub for Air China following its merger with CNAC Zheijang. It also serves as a focus city for Air China, China Southern airlines and Xiamen Airlines.
Routes and Destinations.
Hangzhou airport’s runway services many Asian airliners.
Passenger airlines-AirAsia, AirAsia X, Air China, Air China (Dalian Airlines) Air Macau, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Beijing capital Airlines, Cambodia Angkor Air, Chengdu Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Express Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Southern Airlines (Chongqing Airlines), China United Airlines, Dragonair, Dynamic Airways, EVA Air, Hainan Airlines, Hebei Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, JetStar Asia Airways, Juneyao Airlines, KLM, Korean Air, Kunming Airlines, Loong Airlines, Lucky Air, Mandarin Airlines, Mega Maldives, Okay Airways, Philippine Airlines(PAL Express), Qatar Airways, Shangdong Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Silk Air, Spring Airlines, Thai AirAsia, Tianjin Airlines, Tibet Airlines, TranAsia Airways, Uni Air, Vietnam Airlines, Xiamen Airlines.
Cargo airlines-Air China Cargo, China Southern Cargo, Hong Kong Airlines, SF Airlines.
Hangzhou’s architectural prowess has been noticeable and that has earned it several awards. These include;
China’s outstanding Architectural Design and Planning Award-Gold Award 2011, Best Design Award.
AIA Hong Kong Design Awards 2010-Merit Award, Interior Design.
Why fly through this airport
How to check in
Hangzhou has two check-in areas with a total of 48 check-in counters. Check-ins can be done at these desks or online. The duty free shops near the check-in counters are passenger attraction. For those who check in online, you are required to print your own boarding pass. Passengers are required to arrive at the airport two to three hours before their flight.
Baggage and allowance
Different airlines offer different baggage rates. You will be required to confirm this with your preferred airline. If you desire your suitcase to be wrapped in protective wrapping, there is an available service at the departure area. For those who do not wish to handle their own luggage, the airline’s cabin can be at your service. All luggage must be screened at the airport’s security area before passengers can proceed to the departure lounge.
Passengers can check to confirm their seating position online for an easy boarding time.
Different airlines offer different booking rates. You can make a booking that you feel is most convenient for you.