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Wujiaba Airport



Coordinates: 24°59′32.51″N 102°44′36.73″E / 24.9923639°N 102.7435361°E / 24.9923639; 102.7435361

Kunming Wujiaba International Airport
昆明巫家坝国际机场
Kūnmíng Wūjiābà Guójì Jīchǎng
A Shandong Airlines Boeing 737 at Kunming Wujiaba International Airport
IATA: KMG – ICAO: ZPPP
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Yunnan Airport Group
Serves Kunming
Location Kunming, Yunnan, China
Elevation AMSL 6217 ft / 1895 m
Coordinates 24°59′32.51″N 102°44′36.73″E / 24.9923639°N 102.7435361°E / 24.9923639; 102.7435361
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
03/21 11,155 3,400 Concrete

Kunming Wujiaba International Airport (simplified Chinese: 昆明巫家坝国际机场; traditional Chinese: 昆明巫家壩國際機場) (IATA: KMG, ICAO: ZPPP) is an airport located in Kunming, Yunnan, People's Republic of China. The airport is located 4 km south-east of metropolitan Kunming. Originally built in 1923, the airport has been renovated numerous times into a modern facility.

Today, Kunming airport has become a gateway to China for many South-east Asian countries. In 2009, the airport handled 18,944,716 passengers, making it the 7th busiest airport in mainland China. It is also the 7th busiest and 8th busiest airport in terms of cargo traffic and aircraft movements, respectively.

Due to the fast expansion of the metropolitan area and limited land availability, the growth of Kunming Wujiaba International Airport is likely to face major constraints in the near future. The local government and airport authority have decided to move all operations to a new airport site, which is being planned, within five years.[1]

New Kunming airport

As there is little room at the current airport for expansion, a new airport terminal, tentatively to be named Kunming Zheng He International Airport is currently being built approximately 21 km east of the city. The entire series of construction is divided into 3 phases, with the entire project calling for four runways and 108 jetways and is due to be fully completed by 2020 with the initial terminal completion sometime in 2010-2011. It is also to be the fourth largest in the country (after Beijing, Shanghai-Pudong and Guangzhou).

Airlines and destinations

The following destinations are served from Kunming (as of February 2010):

Flights to Hong Kong and Taiwan are treated as international flights.

Airlines Destinations
Air China Beijing-Capital, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dehong/Mangshi, Guiyang, Hangzhou, Jinghong/Xishuangbanna, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wenzhou, Xiamen, Yangon
Beijing Capital Airlines Hangzhou, Lijiang
China Eastern Airlines Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Baoshan, Beijing-Capital, Changsha, Chengdu, Chiang Mai, Chongqing, Colombo, Dali, Dehong/Mangshi, Dhaka, Diqing, Dubai, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Haikou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Jinan, Jinghong/Xishuangbanna, Kangding, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Lijiang, Lincang, Luzhou, Malé, Mandalay, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Ningbo, Qingdao, Sanya, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenzhen, Simao, Singapore, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tengchong, Vientiane, Wenshan, Wuhan, Xi'an, Xiamen, Zhanjiang, Zhaotong, Zhengzhou
China Southern Airlines Baoshan, Beijing-Capital, Changsha, Chongqing, Dali, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Haikou, Hangzhou, Hohhot, Jinghong/Xishuangbanna, Lijiang, Nanning, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenzhen, Xuzhou, Yuncheng, Zhengzhou
China West Air Chongqing, Jinghong/Xishuangbanna
Dragonair Hong Kong
Eva Air Taipei-Taoyuan
Hainan Airlines Beijing-Capital, Haikou, Xi'an
Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong
Juneyao Airlines Shanghai-Hongqiao
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon
Kunming Airlines Harbin, Jinan, Jinghong/Xishuangbanna, Lijiang, Nanning, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang
Lao Airlines Vientiane
Lucky Air Baoshan, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dali, Dehong/Mangshi, Diqing, Hefei, Jinan, Jinghong/Xishuangbanna, Lijiang, Nanjing, Ningbo, Sanya, Simao, Taiyuan, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xi'an, Zhengzhou
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur
Okay Airways Changsha, Hefei
Shandong Airlines Chongqing, Jinan, Nanjing
Shanghai Airlines Jinghong/Xishuangbanna, Lijiang, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Wuhan
Shenzhen Airlines Changsha, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Hefei, Jinghong/Xishuangbanna, Lijiang, Nanning, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Zhengzhou
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu, Chongqing, Guiyang, Wanxian
SilkAir Singapore
Spring Airlines Nanchang
Thai Airways International Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
TransAsia Airways Kaohsiung
Uni Air Taipei-Taoyuan
United Eagle Airlines Chengdu, Wuhan
Vietnam Airlines Hanoi
Xiamen Airlines Fuzhou, Liuzhou, Nanchang, Wuhan, Xiamen

History

The airport is among the oldest airports in China, with a history that can be traced back over 100 years to the early 1900s, when Wujiaba Airport was first built under the supervision of local warlord, General Tang Jiyao.


The
The "Flying Tigers", headquartered at Wujiaba Airport.

During World War II, the airport was expanded to accommodate the operations of the legendary "Flying Tigers", the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force, led by United States Air Force Lieutenant - and later General - Claire Lee Chennault in 1941 and 1942. After the United States formally entered the war in 1942, Wujiaba Airport was the headquarters of numerous United States Army Air Force units, including the headquarters of the Fourteenth and Tenth Air Forces.

The USAAF Air Transport Command (ATC) established a major air transport facility at the airport, which connected flights west to Chabua Airfield, India, with other routes within China Jiangbei Airport (Chunking); Chenstu Air Base, and Banmaw Airport (Bhamo, Burma). After the war ended in 1945, a 1,390 mile (2,224 kilometer) route east to Clark Air Base in the Philippines was established. The route to Clark AB established a complete worldwide transport route for ATC



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General Info
Country China
ICAO ID ZPPP
Time UTC+8
Latitude 24.992364
24° 59' 32.51" N
Longitude 102.743536
102° 44' 36.73" E
Elevation 6217 feet
1895 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 001° W (01/06)
Operating Agency CIVIL GOVERNMENT, (LANDING FEES AND DIPLOMATIC CLEARANCE MAY BE REQUIRED)
Alternate Name KUNMING
Near City Kunming
Operating Hours SEE REMARKS FOR OPERATING HOURS OR COMMUNICATIONS FOR POSSIBLE HOURS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry


Communications
KUNMING TWR
Opr HO.
118.1
118.85
KUNMING GND
Opr HO.
121.85
121.65
ATIS
Opr HO.
128.45
KUNMING APP
Opr HO.
124.25
127.9
Below 20,000 feet


Runways
ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
03/21 11155 x 148 feet
3400 x 45 meters
CONCRETE. 055RBWT YES


Navaids
Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME KMG KUNMING 076X 112.9 1.6 NM 159.1
NDB QB HUNSHUITANG - 443 9.9 NM 236.2


Supplies/Equipment
Fuel Jet fuel avaiable but type is unknown.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)


Remarks
FUEL (NC-100LL, J)
OPR HOURS Opr HS or O/R.



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