Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CDIA) is located 16km southwest of Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China. The airport obtained international status in 1993 and currently offers services to 92 domestic and 49 international destinations.
With highest passenger traffic and the largest cargo terminal in central and western China, CDIA is the biggest aviation hub in the region. It is the fourth largest aviation centre in mainland China and aims to be the largest aviation hub in the country.
The airport handled 29.07 million passengers and recorded 222,425 aircraft movements in 2011, while numbers passed the 30 million passenger mark in December 2012.
A four-star business hotel named Chengdu Airport Express Hotel was opened at CDIA in 2012. The hotel is located east to passenger terminal 2 and has 210 guest rooms, three meeting rooms, bars, shops and a business centre.
A fixed-base operations facility for business jets is also planned to be built next to terminal 2.
Passenger and cargo terminals at Chengdu Shuangliu Airport
CDIA has two passenger terminals with a combined passenger handling capacity of 50 million per annum. Terminal 1 offers international and domestic transfer services and has facilities such as banks, a VIP lounge, shops and restaurants. It covers 138,000m² (1.48 million ft²) of area.
Terminal 2 covers 350,000m² (3.76 million ft²) with a number of facilities, such as passenger lounges, luggage storage, smoking room, information centre, restaurants and a medical centre.
The airport has three cargo terminals with a total capacity of 1.5 million tonnes. The three cargo terminals have a combined area of 107,000m² (1.15 million ft²). The 55,000m² (592,015ft²) Airport Cargo Station is the biggest of the three and also the largest fully functional cargo terminal in central and western China. The terminal is designed to handle 550,000t of cargo including 400,000t of domestic and 150,000t of international cargo.
A unit loading device (ULD) system is planned to be added to the cargo terminal and will increase the annual capacity to 700,000t when operational.
The second freight depot at the airport, built with an investment of $26m, opened in February 2011.
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport expansion
An expansion and modernisation project was launched at the airport as part of the 12th five-year plan to meet the anticipated increase in passenger traffic to 53 million by 2015. The new terminal 2, which was built as part of the expansion, became operational from August 2012. Its construction was started in June 2009.
Sinotec was awarded the contract for modernisation of the airport systems, which was further subcontracted to Unisys in September 2011. Unisys designed and installed the core operational systems at the airport, such as the operational database, middleware and flight information management system. The contract also involved the integration of 20 systems, which was completed by September 2012.
Under a separate contract awarded in 2010, Terma Radar Systems installed two surface movement radars at the airport.
Since being the host country for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, China has promoted itself more and more as a tourist destination. Although most tourists find that they are confined to visiting only the major attractions more of the country is opening up all the time and China seems more and more comfortable with flaunting the contrast in countryside it has to offer.
Check-in and baggage handling facilities
Terminal 1 of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport has 61 domestic and 26 international check-in counters. Terminal 2 has 120 manual check-in counters, 36 self-service check-in counters and an automatic baggage handling system.
A consortium of Vanderlande Industries and Second Research Institute of CAAC (SRI) upgraded the baggage handling systems at terminal 1 of the airport in two phases in 2001 and 2004.
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport runways
The airport has two parallel runways of 3,600m in length. The west runway is 45m wide and equipped with ILS II lighting. The east runway is 60m wide and equipped with ILS III lighting, which is compatible for the operation of A380 aircraft. It was constructed between 2008 and 2009 and came into service in December 2009.
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport parking and car rental
CDIA has two parking lots, P1 and P2, located in front of terminals 1 and 2 respectively. P1 is divided into three lots with a total of 1,524 stalls, including underground and surface parking facilities.
P2 is divided into four lots with 1,032 stalls in total. Lot A with 56 stalls is meant for large vehicles, while lot F with 255 stalls is meant for overnight parking. Lots B and D have 321 and 400 stalls respectively.
Road and rail infrastructure and transportation facilities
People residing in downtown areas can access CDIA through the highway. Bus and taxi services are available from the airport to major cities within Sichuan Province. Airport bus services are available in number of routes, such as North Railway Station, East Railway Station and Jinsha Bus Station. Taxi points are located outside of gate 1 of terminal 1, and gates 4 and 5 of terminal 2.
A shuttle service is provided between the two passenger terminals, while coach services are also available to several destinations.
Maintenance facilities at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Sichuan Taeco Maintenance Hangar, which is expected to be China’s largest aircraft maintenance base, is being constructed at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport with an estimated investment of CNY 1.2bn. The facility will be able to carry out maintenance of four A340 series and four A320 aircraft simultaneously.