After years of discussion and a few delays it seems that a hard date now exists for the opening of Kunming's new airport: June 28.
A representative of Kunming Mayor Zhang Zulin (张祖林) told People's Daily that passenger flight services in and out of Kunming will be switched from century-old Wujiaba International Airport (昆明巫家坝国际机场) to Changshui International Airport (昆明长水国际机场) on June 28.
The fact that the information comes from Mayor Zhang's office suggests that the switchover date will not be delayed. Two years ago, officials overseeing the airport's construction told local media that operations at the new airport would begin by the end of 2011.
The new airport has been discussed for more than a decade, with details of its size and planned throughput only beginning to be made public in 2006.
Changshui International Airport is located 30 kilometers northeast of downtown Kunming and is expected to be a key driver of Kunming's short- and mid-term development.
In addition to expanded domestic flight services, the airport is expected to further internationalize the city with direct links to Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia and possibly Australia and the Americas.
Initial capacity at the new airport includes a maximum annual throughput of 38 million passengers and 950,000 tons of cargo. It will also be able to handle 303,000 flights per year.
Taking a taxi from downtown Kunming to the new airport will be much more expensive than cabbing it to the current airport, but starting June 28 there will be four new bus routes from the city to the new airport.
From 5am to 10pm daily, shuttle buses will connect the new airport with the East Bus Station. Other airport express bus lines will include a north line connecting to Beichen Fortune Center (北辰财富中心), a central line ending at Xiyi Hotel (西驿酒店) with a stop at Xinying Residential Area (新迎小区) and a south line connecting the new and old airports. Initial fares for the airport express buses will be 25 yuan per person.© Copyright 2005-2021 GoKunming.com all rights reserved. This material may not be republished, rewritten or redistributed without permission.