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Old June 10th, 2012, 03:18 PM   #261
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Nice close-up from Changshui International
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Old June 12th, 2012, 08:17 AM   #262
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holding my breath for the opening soon.
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Old June 14th, 2012, 04:40 AM   #263
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Its now really coming near.Good update here!

http://www.gokunming.com/en/blog/item/2734/changshui_airport_set_to_debut
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Old June 14th, 2012, 03:27 PM   #264
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Have a look at the schematics(if you can read Chinese it would be a help) http://ccwb.yunnan.cn/html/2012-06/12/node_163.htm
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Old June 14th, 2012, 04:08 PM   #265
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One of China's oldest airports, Kunming Wujiaba International, will cease operations at the end of this month, in favor of the new Kunming Changshui International Airport, 21 km east of the city.


Wujiaba airport, with a history going back to the early 20th century, was home to the legendary "Flying Tigers", the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG), during the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1937-1945).


In 2011, Wujiaba handled more than 22 million passengers, more than double its design capacity, making it the seventh busiest airport on the Chinese mainland.


Kunming Changshui, with an investment of more 23 billion yuan (about US$3.6 billion), is designed to handle 38 million passengers a year and about a million tons of cargo traffic.


The airport will be China's fourth largest airport after Beijing, Shanghai Pudong and Guangzhou.


From June 28, all operations will transfer to the new airport and Wujiaba will be demolished.


The construction of the new airport is part of Yunnan's efforts to be the gateway to Southwest China. The province, which has 12 domestic airports, borders Vietnam, Laos and Burma. The new Kunming airport will connect 14 domestic cities and those neighboring countries.



The southeast China province, with an area of 390,000 square kilometers, has complicated terraces and 84 percent of its land is mountainous, and some cities still do not have any rails.



The arrival of the new airport is also hoped to encourage airliners to introduce more aircrafts and open more flights.



Luck Air, for instance, Yunnan's second largest airliner in terms of market share, plans to introduce at least three new planes this year. Currently it has 17 aircraft and operates 38 routes.

http://www.wcarn.com/cache/news/19/19751.html
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Old June 14th, 2012, 11:20 PM   #266
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I didn't realize Changshui will be bigger than Hongqiao.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 06:44 AM   #267
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I didn't realize Changshui will be bigger than Hongqiao.
Its capacity can handle more visitors and cargo than Shanghai Hongqiao has...
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Old June 18th, 2012, 07:28 PM   #268
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Dragonair moving Kunming operations to new airport - Kunming Changshui International Airport
Last Updated: 18 June 2012
Dragonair Press Release

Dragonair is moving its operations from Kunming Wujiaba International Airport to Kunming Changshui International Airport with effect from Thursday, 28 June 2012.

From that date onwards, all arrivals and departures of Dragonair flights will be operated at Changshui International Airport, which is located approximately 25 kilometres to the northeast of Kunming city centre.

Passengers may take a taxi to Changshui International Airport, or go by alternative route of taking the shuttle service of Airport Express Bus.

All passengers are advised to proceed to counter J1-J10 for all departure formalities. Check-in counters will open 3 hours prior to the scheduled flight departure time, and will close 40 minutes before departure. However, passengers are advised to check in as early as possible to ensure sufficient time to get to the boarding gate.
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Old June 21st, 2012, 06:30 PM   #269
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Commercial service

http://en.kunming.cn/index/content/2...nt_2994275.htm and following pages
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 06:24 AM   #270
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Thanks for sharing...
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Old June 26th, 2012, 12:44 PM   #271
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10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 ......
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Old June 26th, 2012, 01:41 PM   #272
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10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 ......
48 hours to go...
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Old June 27th, 2012, 07:55 AM   #273
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SW China's new gateway to go into operation
(Xinhua/WCARN.com, June 26)


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Construction on the Kunming Changshui International Airport, a hub airport in southwest China's Yunnan province, was completed on Tuesday, with the airport expected to go into operation on Thursday.

The airport, built with a total investment of 23 billion yuan (US$3.6 billion) will act as an aviation hub for southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe, according to the airport's construction headquarters.


Passenger flight service in and out of the provincial capital of Kunming will be switched from the 90-year-old Wujiaba International Airport to the Changshui International Airport on Thursday.


The airport, located 24.5 km away from downtown Kunming, will have an initial annual throughput of 38 million passengers and 950,000 tonnes of cargo. It will be able to handle 303,000 flights per year.


The airport's long-term annual throughput will be 65 million passengers and 2.3 million tonnes of cargo, according to the headquarters.
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Old June 28th, 2012, 04:07 AM   #274
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Today is the official opening of Kunming Changshui International Airport...

Transition from Wujiaba International to the new airport started at 8:00 AM...


More updates:

http://www.gokunming.com/en/listings...tional_airport
http://www.newkma.com/index.html (Official website of Changshui International, in Chinese only)
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Old June 28th, 2012, 11:22 AM   #275
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First day of Changshui!
Source:http://pic.feeyo.com/posts/565/5657962.html by 盘龙江岸
MU5944 Lijiang-Kunming








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Old June 28th, 2012, 11:28 AM   #276
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New Kunming Airport officially put into operation on June 28th
(WCARN.com, June 28)


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Kunming Changshui International Airport, the new airport in Kunming, southwest China's Yunnan province, was officially put into operation on June 28th. The airport entered a new era by welcoming its first departure and arrival flights on the morning of 28th.


China Eastern Airlines' flight MU5939 took off from the runway at the new Kunming airport at 08:00 a.m. on June 28th, making it the first departure flight at the airport. Afterwards, Kunming Changshui Airport welcomed its first arrival flight from Xishuang Banna when flight MU5910 landed safely.



The operations have been successfully transferred to the new airport from Kunming Wujiaba International Airport.


The new airport is located 22 km east of metropolitan Kunming in a degraded mountain area 2,100 meters above sea level.



It has 2 runways and is expected to handle 38 million passengers per year by 2020. Later on 68 million passengers are expected.


The first carriers to use the new airport are China Eastern Yunnan Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Kunming Airlines, Lucky Air, Sichuan Airlines' Yunnan Branch, Spring Airlines, Chengdu Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, Thai Airways International, Lao Airlines, Korean Air, Dragon Air, Juneyao Airlines, Yingan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, UNI Air, and Vietnam Airlines.
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Old June 28th, 2012, 11:32 AM   #277
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@cheesung: Seems that Changshui International's grand launch coincides with the inauguration of Kunming Metro airport link...
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Old June 28th, 2012, 11:44 AM   #278
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Nice

I have been watching the live coverage of the first plane taking of off on Yunnan TV.

In July I will be there
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Old June 28th, 2012, 12:14 PM   #279
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What an airport! Love the architecture and style!
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Old June 28th, 2012, 12:15 PM   #280
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The Chinese sure know how to build nice airports!
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