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Chengdu Tianfu International Airport
Chengdu Tianfu International Airport

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Chengdu Tianfu International Airport
Airport typePublic
ServesChengdu, Sichuan
LocationLujia Town, Jianyang, Chengdu, Sichuan
Opened27 June 2021 (6 months ago) (2021-06-27)
Hub for
Elevation AMSL440 m / 1,444 ft
Coordinates30°19?08?N 104°26?42?E / 30.319°N 104.445°E / 30.319; 104.445Coordinates: 30°19?08?N 104°26?42?E / 30.319°N 104.445°E / 30.319; 104.445
TFU is located in Sichuan
TFU is located in China
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 4,000[1] 13,123 Concrete
02/20 3,200[2] 10,499 Concrete
11/29 3,800 12,467 Concrete
Chengdu Tianfu International Airport
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

Chengdu Tianfu International Airport (IATA: TFU, ICAO: ZUTF) is an airport serving Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan province and a major air hub. The site of the airport was chosen at Lujia Town, Jianyang, Chengdu, 51 kilometres (32 mi) south-east of the center of Chengdu. It is named after the Tianfu New Area, a development zone for Chengdu in which the airport is located. Construction began May 2016 and the airport opened on 27 June 2021.[3] It will operate as a second airport for Chengdu with the existing Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport continuing to operate.


It is intended for Chengdu to become the third largest airport hub in China, after Beijing and Shanghai. The airport opened with three runways (two north-south and one east-west) with two terminals with capacity of 60 million passengers per year by 2025 and a cargo capacity of 24.45 thousand tonnes.[4][clarification needed] The complete plan includes six runways and four terminals with capacity to handle 90 million passengers per year.[5] On June 1, 2015, the Sichuan Provincial Airport Group announced a general design scheme for the airport. The winning design was by China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute, China Airport Construction Group Corporation and French architectural firm ADP Ingenierie. It features two terminal buildings in the shape of the mythical Sunbird, used as a logo for the city of Chengdu. From a central hollow circular core, 6 arms will radiate outwards with both terminals mirroring the other.[6]


  • As early as 2007, there had been plans for the new airport for Chengdu.[7]
  • In May 2011, officials confirmed the plan of the Chengdu new airport and location-selecting started.[8]
  • In September 2015, the Civil Aviation Administration of China approved the official name: Chengdu Tianfu International Airport (Chinese: ) .[11][12]
  • In January 2021, all six aircraft successfully made their test flights and plans for June opening.[13][14]
  • 27 June 2021, the first commercial flight departed the airport with a Sichuan Airlines flight bound for Beijing.[15]

Airlines and destinations

Tianfu airport is a major base for Air China. The flag carrier operates maintenance facilities, a 1,500 bed staff hostel and a 2,950 m2 (31,800 sq ft) lounge at the airport.[4] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the airport currently does not operate international flights as of June 2021.[16] However, it is planned for Tianfu Airport to take over most international and cargo routes from Shuangliu Airport, the latter specializing in domestic flights.[17]


Ground transportation

Internal transportation

The two airport terminals will be connected by an Innovia automated people mover (APM) supplied by joint venture firm Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems Limited, which has also won the operations and maintenance contract.[18] To connect airport parking to the two terminal buildings there will be a personal rapid transit system, consisting of 6 miles (9.7 km) of guideway, 4 stations and 22 pods.[19]

Short term

Line 18 train information board showing the airport stations

Connections open:

Construction planned to be completed in time for the opening of the new terminal (status uncertain):

Medium term

See also


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  2. ^ "". . 2020-10-14. Archived from the original on 2020-11-09. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "? 3". 2021-06-26. 6?27?,?
  4. ^ a b "Air China Finishes New Base at Chengdu Tianfu Airport". 2021-06-01. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "China's new Tianfu airport moves towards official opening". Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ "Blueprint of Chengdu New Airport Published". Go Chengdu. 2015-06-05. Retrieved .
  7. ^ ? The People's Government of Sichuan Province. " ?2020".
  8. ^ ? The People's Government of Sichuan Province. " ?2020".
  9. ^ ? The People's Government of Sichuan Province. " ?2020".
  10. ^ ? The People's Government of Sichuan Province. " ?2020".
  11. ^ "?_?_". Retrieved .
  12. ^ ? The People's Government of Sichuan Province. " ?2020".
  13. ^ "New Chengdu Airport Begins Test Flights, Plans For June 30 Opening". Aviation Week. Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Chengdu Tianfu International Airport completes test with passenger planes". Big News Network. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "New airport opens to flights in China's Chengdu". 27 June 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  16. ^ "High Hopes for Newly Opened Chengdu Airport - Caixin Global". Retrieved .
  17. ^ "? " [All international routes are shifted to Tianfu Airport. All cargo routes are shifted to Tianfu Airport in stages. Existing regional routes can be kept at Shuangliu Airport.]. Retrieved .
  18. ^ "Alstom's Chinese JV Wins Operation and Maintenance Contract for Airport APM". Retrieved 2021.
  19. ^ "Chengdu Tianfu International Airport PRT System". ATRA Pulse. ATRA. Retrieved 2021.
  20. ^ "The main line of Chengdu Tianfu International Airport Expressway was completed". Seetao. 2020-12-24. Retrieved .
  21. ^ "The main line of Chengdu Tianfu International Airport Expressway was completed". Seetao News. 24 December 2020. Retrieved 2021.

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