Nanjing Lukou International Airport
|Owner/Operator||Eastern Airport Group Co., Ltd.|
|Location||Lukou, Jiangning District, Nanjing, Jiangsu|
|Opened||1 July 1997|
|Hub for||China Postal Airlines|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||15 m / 49 ft|
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|Nanjing Lukou International Airport|
Nanjing Lukou International Airport (IATA: NKG, ICAO: ZSNJ) is the main airport serving Nanjing (the capital of Jiangsu Province) and a major airport serving the Yangtze River Delta area. As of 2020, it is the 12th busiest civil airport in China, Dropping one place from 2019 after being overtaken by Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport. It is located in the suburban Jiangning District, over 35 km (22 mi) south of the city center, and is connected to Nanjing and neighboring towns by expressways. Phase I of the Ninggao Intercity Line and Line S1 of the Nanjing Metro link the airport with Nanjing South railway station.
Nanjing is the hub for China Eastern Airlines' Jiangsu Company, Shenzhen Airlines' Jiangsu branch and Juneyao Air's Jiangsu branch. China Southern Airlines as well operates a considerable number of flights there. Despite not operating as much flights as some other airlines, Beijing Capital Airlines and Air Travel also set up bases in Nanjing. Nanjing is the main base for China Postal Airlines, with pure cargo service to all major cities in China, handling express mail and cargo transportation for China Post. In 2020, the airport handled 19,906,576 passengers and 389,362.4 tons of freight after experiencing a -34.9% drop in passenger traffic due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
Construction of Nanjing Lukou International Airport started on 28 February 1995, and was completed two years later. When the airport opened on 1 July 1997, all civilian operations were transferred to it from Nanjing Dajiaochang Airport, and Nanjing Dajiaochang was converted to a Chinese military air base.
Although Nanjing Lukou had been designated an international airport since commencing operations, China's state administrations only approved it for foreign aircraft on 18 November 1997.
In 2006, China Post started building its express logistics center at Nanjing Lukou to handle its express mail services. Initial construction was completed by 2009, with additional facilities and functions added continuously. The final project, as planned, would be the largest in Asia and the third-largest in the world of its kind.
In 2009, the airport handled 10 million passengers. On March 26, 2010, Singapore airlines officially ceases its operation between Singapore Changi and Nanjing. In 2013, that number surpassed 15 million, which was 3 million above the terminal's designed operational capacity. In preparation for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics, hosted by Nanjing, Terminal 2 was completed after more than three years of construction. Also completed were a new parallel runway with taxiways, a new tower, new aircraft parking positions, and new cargo handling facilities. On 12 July 2014, all flights were relocated to Terminal 2, and Terminal 1 was closed for renovation.
The new facilities removed the bottleneck caused by the limited capability of the old terminal and runway. In November 2014, with the launching of the Phase 2 expansion and optimization of neighboring air traffic patterns, authorities approved an increase of peak-hour flight volume from 28 flights per hour to 38 flights per hour.
With the added capacity, Nanjing Airport has seen rapid increase in both aircraft movement and total passengers. In 2015, the number of total passengers exceeded 19 million (until 28 December), that is 2.87 million on top of 2014, a 17.7% increase compared to the same period of the previous year. The airport continues to see substantial increase into 2016, which saw 29,210 aircraft movements and 3.39 million passengers handled in January and February, a 16.9% and a 21.2% increase respectively, comparing to the same period 2015.
On October 27, 2019, Malaysia Airlines ceased its operation between Kuala Lumpur and Nanjing despite great passenger traffic performance in an effort to readjust its operation model overseas.
The airport consists of two terminals, two 3600-meter runways (paralleled by three taxiways and connected by two taxiways), two control towers, a cargo center, a transportation center, and an apron. Adjacent to, but not belonging to, the airport is the China Post express logistics center and the base for China Postal Airlines.
The older section of the airport consists of:
Terminal 1 was closed on 14 July 2014 for renovation, it reopened on 29 July 2020 and serves all domestic flights except China Eastern airlines and Shenzhen Airlines flights which depart exclusively from Terminal 2.
The Phase 2 expansion includes:
The two terminals are also connected by the transportation center structure.
|9 Air||Changchun, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Haikou, Harbin, Tongren|
|Air China||Beijing–Capital, Beijing–Daxing, Chengdu–Shuangliu, Chengdu–Tianfu, Chongqing|
|Air Travel||Changsha, Hohhot, Kunming, Libo, Liupanshui, Xining|
|Beijing Capital Airlines||Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Chongqing, Enshi, Guilin, Haikou, Hohhot, Kunming, Lijiang, Mangshi, Mianyang, Sanya, Shaoguan, Xi'an, Xishuangbanna|
|Cathay Pacific||Hong Kong|
|Chengdu Airlines||Chongqing, Guiyang, Nanning|
|China Eastern Airlines||Baotou, Beijing–Daxing, Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu–Tianfu, Chongqing, Dali, Dalian, Daqing, Datong, Dunhuang, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Handan, Harbin, Hohhot, Hong Kong, Jiayuguan, Jieyang, Jinggangshan, Kaohsiung, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lijiang, Liuzhou, Luzhou, Macau, Mianyang, Mudanjiang, Nanning, Ordos, Phuket, Qingdao, Sanya, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Sydney, Taipei–Taoyuan, Taiyuan, Tokyo–Narita, Ürümqi, Weihai, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xining, Xishuangbanna, Yan'an, Yinchuan, Yining, Zhangjiajie, Zhanjiang, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai, Zunyi–Xinzhou|
|China Express Airlines||Tianshui, Xi'an|
|China Southern Airlines||Changchun, Changsha, Dalian, Daqing, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Haikou, Harbin, Hohhot, Jieyang, Sanya, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Ürümqi, Yining, Zhuhai|
|China United Airlines||Ordos|
|Chongqing Airlines||Chongqing, Panzhihua|
|Colorful Guizhou Airlines||Xingyi|
|Donghai Airlines||Chengdu–Tianfu, Shenzhen, Zhuhai|
|Fuzhou Airlines||Fuzhou, Haikou, Sanming|
|Hainan Airlines||Chongqing, Guangzhou, Haikou, Hohhot, Qinhuangdao, Sanya, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Ürümqi, Xi'an|
|Hebei Airlines||Fuzhou, Shijiazhuang, Xiamen|
|Hong Kong Airlines||Hong Kong|
|Jiangxi Air||Jingdezhen, Nanchang, Taiyuan|
|Juneyao Air||Anshan, Bangkok–Don Mueang, Bazhong, Bijie, Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu–Tianfu, Chenzhou, Chifeng, Chongqing, Dalian, Ganzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Harbin, Hengyang, Hong Kong, Huizhou, Jeju, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lijiang, Linfen, Liuzhou, Lüliang, Luzhou, Nanning, Osaka–Kansai, Phuket, Qingdao, Quanzhou, Seoul–Incheon, Shenyang, Taiyuan, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xinzhou, Yibin, Yinchuan, Yingkou, Yulin (Shaanxi), Zhangjiajie, Zhanjiang|
|Kunming Airlines||Kunming, Xiangyang, Xishuangbanna, Zunyi–Maotai|
|Loong Air||Changchun, Xining, Xishuangbanna|
|Lucky Air||Ganzhou, Kunming|
|Okay Airways||Changsha, Guilin, Kunming|
|Qingdao Airlines||Aksu, Changchun, Haikou, Korla, Lanzhou, Xining, Yinchuan|
|Shandong Airlines||Chongqing, Guilin, Guiyang, Hohhot, Jiamusi, Kunming, Qingdao, Ürümqi, Xiamen, Yantai|
|Shanghai Airlines||Changchun, Jieyang|
|Shenzhen Airlines||Changchun, Chengdu–Shuangliu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Haikou, Harbin, Huizhou, Lijiang, Macau, Nanning, Quanzhou, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Wanzhou, Yantai, Yichun (Jiangxi), Yinchuan, Yuncheng, Zhanjiang, Zhuhai|
|Sichuan Airlines||Chengdu–Shuangliu, Chengdu–Tianfu, Chongqing, Harbin, Kunming, Longyan, Mianyang, Wanzhou, Xichang, Xishuangbanna, Zhangjiajie|
|Spring Airlines||Dalian, Jieyang, Lanzhou, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Weihai|
|Spring Airlines Japan||Tokyo–Narita|
|Sriwijaya Air||Charter: Denpasar|
|Thai AirAsia||Bangkok–Don Mueang|
|Thai Lion Air||Bangkok–Don Mueang|
|Tianjin Airlines||Guiyang, Haikou, Xi'an|
|Tibet Airlines||Guangyuan, Lhasa, Xining|
|Urumqi Air||Lanzhou, Ürümqi|
|West Air||Chongqing, Guiyang, Shenzhen|
|XiamenAir||Changsha, Dalian, Fuzhou, Harbin, Lanzhou, Quanzhou, Shenyang, Taiyuan, Xiamen, Yuncheng|
|Air China Cargo||Beijing–Capital, Chengdu–Shuangliu, Guangzhou, Shenyang|
|China Airlines Cargo||Taipei–Taoyuan|
|China Postal Airlines||Changsha, Fuzhou, Haikou, Jinan, Kunming, Lanzhou, Nanchang, Osaka–Kansai, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Tokyo–Narita, Xiamen, Xi'an, Wuhan, Zhengzhou|
|SF Airlines||Shenzhen, Taipei–Taoyuan|
|Suparna Airlines||Amsterdam, Anchorage, Chicago–O'Hare|
The airport is accessed by Konggang Road, which connects to the Airport Expressway. The Airport Expressway is part of S55 Ningxuan (Nanjing-Xuancheng) Expressway.
The Lukou Airport Station on Line S1 of the Nanjing Metro links the airport with Nanjing South Railway Station. Operation hours are from 6:00 to 22:40(in both directions), at 9'57" intervals in peak hours and 13'16" intervals in low hours. The entire journey takes approximately 35 minutes and costs 7 RMB. At Nanjing South railway station, passengers can transfer to high-speed trains to other cities, coach services to nearby towns, Nanjing Metro Line 1, Nanjing Metro Line 3, Nanjing Metro Line S3 and bus services.
Taxis are easily accessible outside the arrivals hall. Fare between the airport and city area ranges from ¥80 to ¥120.
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