Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
() is the major airport of Chengdu
, People's Republic of China
. It is located in the north of Shuangliu County
, about southwest of downtown Chengdu.
In 2010 Shuangliu Airport handled 25,805,815 passengers to rank the 6th busiest
in mainland China and the 51st in the world. It was also the 6th busiest
airport in terms of cargo traffic and the 6th busiest
by traffic movements in China for 2009.
On May 12, 2008 the airport was temporarily shut down after sustaining some minor damages from the great Sichuan Earthquake
but was quickly reopened the following day after inspection of the runway. The continued operation of the airport played a crucial role in facilitating the rescue work after the earthquake.
There is also a long-term plan to build a second airport in Jintang County
with five runways. Upon completion, it will take less than 30 minutes to travel from Jintang to downtown Chengdu.
The airport, formerly named Shuangguisi Airport, opened in capacity as an auxiliary military airfield in 1938 during the second Sino-Japanese War
(1937-45) and World War II
. At the time, it possessed only earth surface for small biplanes to take off and touch down, where the Nationalist Chinese Air Force Polikarpov I-15
fighters of the 5th Pursuit Group were based for aerial defense of the Chengdu area against Japanese bomber... Read More