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Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Guǎngzhōu Báiyún Guójì Jīchǎng

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport


baiyun airport

Airport type Public
Operator Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Co. Ltd.
Serves Guangzhou
Hub for China Southern Airlines
FedEx Express
Shenzhen Airlines
Elevation AMSL 15 m / 50 ft
Coordinates 23°23′33″N 113°17′56″E / 23.3925°N 113.29889°E / 23.3925; 113.29889
Direction Length Surface
m ft
02L/20R 3,600 11,811 Concrete
02R/20L 3,800 12,467 Concrete
3,800 12,467 Under Construction
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Traditional Chinese 廣州白雲國際機場
Simplified Chinese 广州白云国际机场

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (IATA: CAN, ICAO: ZGGG) (simplified Chinese: 广州白云国际机场; traditional Chinese: 廣州白雲國際機場; pinyin: Guǎngzhōu Báiyún Guójì Jīchǎng) is the main airport of Guangzhou, the capital of the province of Guangdong, People's Republic of China. Both airport codes were inherited from the previous Guangzhou airport, and the IATA code reflects Guangzhou's former romanization Canton. The airport is the main hub of China Southern Airlines and a focus city for Shenzhen Airlines.

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Drop off zone outside Terminal 1
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In 2009, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport was China's 2nd busiest and world's 22nd busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic, with 37,048,550 people handled. As for cargo traffic, the airport was the 3rd busiest in China and the 21st busiest worldwide. Guangzhou airport is also the 2nd busiest airport in terms of traffic movements in China.


The current airport in Huadu District opened on August 5, 2004, replacing the 72-year-old previous, identically named Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (now closed). The new airport, built at a cost of 19.8 billion yuan, is 28 kilometers (17 statute miles) from downtown Guangzhou and nearly 5 times larger than its predecessor.

The opening of the New Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport had relieved most of the controversies of the older and deteriorated airport because of the limited space, overcrowding and lack of expansions. Its opening allowed it to overcome curfews and restrictions and begin a 24 hour operation. This meant that China Southern Airlines could highly utilize their intercontinental routes by flying overnight. Other airlines have this benefit too.

"Baiyun" (白云) means "white cloud" in Chinese, and refers to Baiyun Mountain (Baiyunshan) near the location of the former airport. The airport is also referred to as "New Baiyun" to distinguish it from the previous version, but this is not a part of the official name.

Future development

A new metro station located under the existing airport terminal building, named Airport South, is under construction. The station is part of the Line 3 northern extension project which will link the airport to the city. The new line is due to be completed in 2010 before the 16th Asian Games when travelling time between the airport and the city centre will be reduced to about half an hour.

In August 2008, the airport's new expansion plan got approved by the National Development and Reform Commission of China . According to the expansion project, the airport will build a third runway located 400 metres east of the existing east runway. The new runway will be 3800 metres long and 60 metres wide. Other facilities of the expansion plan include a 531,000-square-metre Terminal 2, a new indoor car park and an outdoor car park, a transportation centre and a metro station which will serve Terminal 2. The total cost of the project will be ¥14.036 billion. Construction of Terminal 2 is estimated to start in 2010. When the whole project is finished in 2015, the airport will be able to handle 75 million passengers and more than 2.17 million tonnes of cargo a year.

Terminals, airlines and destinations

Drop off zone outside Terminal 1
Drop off zone outside Terminal 1

Interior of
Terminal 1
Interior of
Terminal 1


Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

The transporting system
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Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Satellite view of Baiyun Airport
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Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Check-in counters
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Airlines Destinations
Air China Beijing-Capital, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Daxian, Guilin, Guiyang, Hangzhou, Hohhot, Jiuzhaigou, Luzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Tianjin, Wanzhou, Wenzhou, Yibin, Yuncheng
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Madagascar Antananarivo, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur
All Nippon Airways Tokyo-Narita
Asiana Airlines Busan, Seoul-Incheon
Batavia Air Jakarta-Soekarno-Hatta
Cebu Pacific Manila
China Airlines Taipei-Taoyuan
China Eastern Airlines Haikou, Hangzhou, Hefei, Huangyan, Jinan, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lijiang, Mangshi, Nanchang, Nanjing, Ningbo, Qingdao, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shanghai-Pudong, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Wenzhou, Wuxi, Wuhan, Yichang, Yinchuan, Xi'an
China Southern Airlines Amsterdam, Auckland [begins November 1], Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Baoshan, Beihai, Beijing-Capital, Brisbane [begins 1 November], Cebu, Changchun, Changde, Changsha, Changzhi, Changzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dali, Dalian, Da Nang, Dandong, Daqing, Datong, Delhi, Denpasar/Bali, Dhaka, Diqing, Dubai, Enshi, Fukuoka, Fuzhou, Ganzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Haikou, Handan, Hangzhou, Hanoi, Harbin, Hefei, Ho Chi Minh City, Hohhot, Hong Kong, Hotan, Huangshan, Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta, Jeju, Jiamus, Jilin, Jinghong, Jining, Jinjiang, Kathmandu, Kashi, Korla, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kunming, Kuqa, Lagos [begins 10 October], Lanzhou, Lhasa, Lianyungang, Lijiang, Liping, Liuzhou, Los Angeles, Luoyang, Male, Manila, Meixian, Melbourne, Mianyang, Moscow-Sheremetyevo [begins 31 October], Mudanjiang, Nagoya-Centrair, Nanchang, Nanchong, Nanjing, Nanning, Nantong, Nanyang, Ningbo, Osaka-Kansai, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Penang, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Qiemo, Qingdao, Qiqihar, Saipan, Sanya, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shanghai-Pudong, Shantou, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang, Siem Reap, Singapore, Sydney, Tachang, Taipei-Taoyuan, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Tokyo-Narita, Tongren, ürümqi, Weihai, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Wuxi, Wuyishan, Wuzhou, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xiangfan, Xining, Xuzhou, Yancheng, Yangon, Yanji, Yantai, Yichang, Yinchuan, Yining, Yiwu, Yongzhou, Zhangjiajie, Zhanjiang, Zhengzhou, Zhijian
Seasonal: Danang, Langkawi, Hualien, Koh Samui, Phuket
China United Airlines Beijing-Nanyuan
China West Air Chongqing
Deer Air Chengdu, Chongqing, Haikou, Hangzhou, Kunming, Lijiang, Sanya, Zhangjiajie
Dragonair Hong Kong
EgyptAir Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi (ends 27dec10), Cairo
Emirates Dubai
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
EVA Air Kaohsiung, Taipei-Taoyuan
Garuda Indonesia Jakarta-Soekarno Hatta
Hainan Airlines Beijing-Capital, Changsha, Dalian, Guiyang, Harbin, Haikou, Hangzhou, Hefei, Nanchang, Nanjing, Ningbo, Qingdao, Sanya, Shenyang, Taipei-Taoyuan, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xi'an, Xiamen, Yinchuan, Zhengzhou
Japan Airlines Tokyo-Narita
Kenya Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Nairobi
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon
Kunpeng Airlines Baise
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Malaysia Airlines Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching
Qatar Airways Doha
Shandong Airlines Jinan, Linyi, Qingdao, Yantai
Shanghai Airlines Guilin, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Sanya, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Wenzhou, Xiamen
Shenzhen Airlines Baotou, Changchun, Changsha, Changzhou, Chengdu, Dalian, Denpasar/Bali, Guiyang, Guilin, Haikou, Harbin, Hohhot, Huangyan, Jinan, Kunming, Lanzhou, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Qingdao, Sanya, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shenyang, Tianjin, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xi'an, Zhengzhou, Zhoushan
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu, Chongqing
Singapore Airlines Singapore
Spring Airlines Shanghai-Hongqiao
SriLankan Airlines Colombo [begins 28 January]
Thai AirAsia Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
Thai Airways International Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
Tiger Airways Singapore
United Eagle Airlines Chengdu, Liuzhou
Vietnam Airlines Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City
Xiamen Airlines Fuzhou, Jinjiang, Wuyishan, Xiamen
Yemenia Dubai, Sana'a
Cities with international airlink to Baiyun Airport


FedEx Asia-Pacific hub

On July 13, 2005, FedEx Express signed a contract with the airport to build a new Asia-Pacific hub at the airport. The new hub is the largest FedEx hub outside the United States, and replaced the hub at Subic Bay International Airport in the Philippines.

The new Asia-Pacific hub covers an area of 63 hectares(155 acres), with a total floor space of 82,000 square meters. At the beginning of operation, the hub employs more than 800 people and operates 136 flights a week, providing delivery services among 20 major cities in Asia and linking these cities to more than 220 countries and territories in the world .

According to FedEx, the hub has its own ramp control tower, a first for an international air express cargo company facility in China, which enables FedEx to control aircraft movements on the ground, aircraft parking plans as well as loading and unloading priorities. Also included at the hub are a unique package and sorting system with 16 high-speed sorting lines, seven round-out conveyor belts and a total of 90 primary and secondary document-sorting splits. With the new advanced system, up to 24,000 packages can be sorted an hour at the start of operations.

Construction began in 2006 and the hub was originally scheduled to open on December 26, 2008. But on November 17, 2008, after several months of testing, FedEx announced that the opening date was delayed to the first half of 2009 when the hub was expected to be fully operational. FedEx claimed that the revised operation date "provided FedEx with the necessary time to fully test all systems and processes, as well as work closely with the Guangzhou authorities to ensure all necessary approvals are in place".

On December 17, 2008, the hub completed its first flight operations test. A FedEx MD-11 aircraft took off from Subic Bay International Airport in the Philippines and landed at Baiyun Airport at 5:50a.m.. The flight was handled by the new FedEx hub team, utilizing the FedEx ramp control tower and the new 24,000 package per hour sort system. Following a successful operations' process, the flight departed on time for its final destination at Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris, France. This Asia-Europe flight route operated four times per week during test run. FedEx also announced that the hub would start operation on February 6, 2009.

FedEx closed its 13-year-old Asia-Pacific hub at Subic Bay of northern Philippines on February 6, 2009 with the last flight leaving for Taiwan just before dawn, while hub operations have moved to Baiyun Airport. The first flight that arrived at the new FedEx Asia-Pacific hub originated from Indianapolis International Airport. The MD-11 aircraft landed at 11:07p.m. at Baiyun International Airport from Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris, marking the opening and full operations of the new Asia-Pacific hub.

Cargo flights

Airlines Destinations
Asiana Cargo Seoul-Incheon
China Airlines Cargo Taipei-Taiwan Taoyuan
China Postal Airlines Shanghai-Hongqiao, Nanjing
China Southern Cargo Amsterdam, Taipei-Taoyuan
Etihad Crystal Cargo Abu Dhabi, Dhaka
EVA Air Cargo Taipei-Taiwan Taoyuan
FedEx Express Almaty, Anchorage, Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Cebu, Clark, Cologne-Bonn, Delhi, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London-Stansted, Los Angeles, Manila, Memphis, Mumbai, Newark, Osaka-Kansai, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Penang, San Francisco, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong, Singapore, Subic Bay, Sydney, Tokyo-Narita
JAL Cargo Tokyo-Narita
Korean Air Cargo Seoul-Incheon, Sydney
Lufthansa Cargo Astana, Delhi, Frankfurt
MASkargo Kuala Lumpur
UPS Airlines Anchorage, Honolulu, Ontario, Seoul-Incheon, Sydney
Yangtze River Express Hangzhou, Xiamen


  • Runways: 2 (3800 m and 3600 m), room reserved for 5
  • Aircraft parking bays: 166 (passenger apron and cargo apron)
  • Current passenger capacity: 45 million passengers per year
    • Planned passenger capacity in 2020: 75 million passengers per year
  • Current cargo capacity: 1 million tonnes
    • Planned cargo capacity in 2010: 2 million tonnes
    • Planned cargo capacity in 2020: over 2.17 million tonnes
  • Destinations: 100 (mostly domestic)
  • Branch airports: Shantou, Meizhou, Zhanjiang
    • Planned branch airports: Shaoguan, Zhaoqing

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General Info
Country China
Time UTC+8
Latitude 23.392436
23° 23' 32.77" N
Longitude 113.298786
113° 17' 55.63" E
Elevation 50 feet
15 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 002° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Alternate Name GUANGZHOU
Near City Guanghouz
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

118.1 RWY 02R/20L, 118.8 RWY 02L/20R
Opr HO
121.75 RWY 02R/20L, 121.85 RWY 02L20R
CLD 121.95
Opr HO
Opr H24
120.4 Area 1, 126.35 Area 2, 119.6 Area 3, 119.7 Area 4

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
02R/20L 12467 x 197 feet
3800 x 60 meters
02L/20R 11811 x 148 feet
3600 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME TAN YUANTAN 023X 108.6 9.9 NM 168.9

Fuel Jet fuel avaiable but type is unknown.

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