China plane tickets & flights
China is immense as well all know it, but the air travel connections between the cities are still not enough for travelers. It is still very popular to travel by train (Chinese rail infrastructure is quite developed and it is further extending and being modernized constantly).
The air travel market isn't liberalized and there are large parts of the country that are reserved for the military or are other types of forbidden places to fly across.
With tourism intensifying and the appearance of new airports, some travelers might want to wonder deeper into China than just Shanghai, Shenzhen or Beijing... Or, you might be interested in how to beast reach China and which are the most important big airports. Our China air travel guide is at your disposal...
Air travel possibility guides within the territories belonging to China have been split into 3 groups. This page treats mainland China. If you are interested in the territories of Hong Kong or Macau, then please check the respective sections!
Many flights available between the big cities.
Best flight connections with the rest of the World are from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu cities.
Airlines serving China
Air China is the second alrgest state-owned airline in the PRC.
Has hubs near Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai cities.
In late 2009 it had 185 destinations.
From Beijing it flies to: Baotou, Beihai, Changchun, Changsha, Changzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Dandong, Daqing, Datong, Dazhou, Fuzhou, Guangyuan, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Haikou, Hailar, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Hohhot, Huangshan, Jiamusi, Jingdezhen, Jinggangshan, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Liuzhou, Mianyang, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Nantong, Ningbo, Ordos, Qingdao, Qiqihar, Quanzhou, Sanya, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Shanghai-Pudong, Shantou, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Taizhou (Zhejiang), Tongliao, Urumqi, Weihai, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xiangfan, Xilinhot, Xining, Xuzhou, Yancheng, Yanji, Yantai, Yichang, Yinchuan, Yuncheng, Zhangjiajie, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai.
From Shanghai if flies to: Beijing-Capital, Chengdu, Chongqing, Frankfurt, Fukuoka, Guiyang, Melbourne, Milan-Malpensa, Nagoya-Centrair, Osaka-Kansai, Sendai, Shenzhen, Sydney, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tokyo-Narita, Wenzhou, Xi'an.
From Chengdu the destinations are: Beijing-Capital, Changchun, Changsha, Changzhi, Dalian, Daxian, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Hohhot, Jiuzhaigou, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Lijiang, Luxi, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Nyingchi, Panzhihua, Qingdao, Sanya, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Urumqi, Wuhan, Wuxi, Wenzhou, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xichang, Xining, Xishuangbanna , Yinchuan, Zhangjaijie, Zhengzhou.
China Eastern Airlines
As its name suggests, it serves primarily the eastern part of the country.
Has hubs at Hongqiao and Pudong airports near Shanghai city.
Flies to over 100 destinations.
Focus cities are:
Kunming, Xi'an, Nanjing, Wuhan.
China Southern Airlines
A very large airline serving 121 destinations with close to 300 planes (data from November 20th, 2009).
Certainly a good choice if you are travelling in the southern parts of the country.
Chongqing Airlines is based in the city with the same name and has a fleet of 7 planes.
It is owned by China Southern Airlines.
From Chonqing it flies
to: Beijing, Changsha, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Kunming, Ningbo, Sanya, Shanghai
Hainan Airlines is based in Haikou, Hainan Island.
Serves and focuses
primarily on Haikou, Beijing, Xi'an, Taiyuan, Urumqi, Tianjin and Ningbo.
Northeast Airlines is
a very small airline with a fleet of 3 planes (in late 2009) that operates from
Shenyan Taoxian International Airport.
Shandong Airlines is based in Jinan, Shandong Province.
Has hub at Jinan and focuses on Qingdao and Yantai cities.
In late 2009 it has
about 4 dozen destinations.
Shanghai Airlines is part of the Star Alliance. It is uncommon for Chinese carriers to take part in such strategic alliances.
It operates from both airports of the city: Pudong International and Hongqiao International as well.
Flies to over 70 destinations and has many codeshare agreements with airlines from around the World.
Therefore if you
travel to Chinese cities through Shanghai, then you must check out the services
offered by Shanghai Airlines.
Shenzhen Airlines is headquartered in the city with the same name, just across the border with Hong Kong.
Flies to over 80 cities in China and Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand.
If you are travelling
to Shenzhen, then this airline must be on your "to check out list".
Sichuan Airlines has hubs in Chengdu and Chongqing.
It is one of China's emerging airlines and if you are travelling to or from Chengdu city, then you must check them out.
Tianjin Airlines is based in the city of Tianjin, China.
Serves domestic (Altay,
Beijing, Tianjin, Ürümqi) and a number of foreign destinations as well.
Xiamen Airlines is based in Xiamen, as its name suggests.
With over 50 aircraft in late 2009 it has over 50 destinations to serve.
It has hubs at Xiamen Gaoqi International and at Fuzhou Changle International Airports.
Various other carriers
Airlines from all over the World fly to China. Especially Shanghai is a good aerial port for entering or leaving the country with a foreign carrier. Other major airports receiving foreign carriers are near Beijing, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Guangzhou.
Naturally you will find much more Asian carrier in China than airline from the rest of the World.
Destinations, major airports in China
Here are the main airports in the mainland of the People's Republic of China:
Beijing Capital International Airport
Beijing Nanyuan Airport
Changsha Huanghua International Airport
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport
Fuzhou Changle International Airport
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Guilin Liangjiang International Airport
Haikou Meilan International Airport
Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport
Harbin Taiping International Airport
Hefei Luogang International Airport
Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport
Kunming Wujiaba International Airport
Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport/Lanzhou West Airport
Lhasa Gonggar Airport (located in Tibet)
Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Nanning Wuxu International Airport
Ningbo Lishe International Airport
Qingdao Liuting International Airport
Qinhuangdao Shanhaiguan Airport
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport
Shenyang Taoxian International Airport
Shijiazhuang Daguocun International Airport
Taiyuan International Airport
Tianjin Binhai International Airport
Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport
Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
Xi'an Xianyang International Airport
Yantai Laishan International Airport
Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport
Last modified/updated: November 20, 2009