Chongqing airport opens third terminal

Western China’s largest city can now cater to significantly more air passengers, following the completion of a major expansion project at Chongqing’s Jiangbei International Airport.

Passenger traffic at the airport has more than doubled since 2010, with more than 35 million passengers passing through the hub in 2016. And to cater for this growth, a third terminal and third runway have now opened, raising the airport’s annual capacity to 60m passengers.

The new Terminal 3A covers approximately 530,000m², more than double the size of the existing two terminals. A further phase of expansion, scheduled to take place after 2020, will see the development of Terminal 3B, boosting the airport’s capacity to 70m passengers per year.

With more than 50m people living in the Chongqing region, Jiangbei International Airport has the potential to become one of the busiest and most important airports in China.

It already has direct flights to cities including Los Angeles, London, Rome, Helsinki and Doha, and Hainan Airlines is planning to launch a new non-stop service from Chongqing to New York.

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