Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

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Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

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Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport () is the main airport of Guangzhou, the capital of the province of Guangdong, People's Republic of China. Both airport codes were inherited from the previous Guangzhou airport, and the IATA code reflects Guangzhou's former romanization Canton. The airport is the main hub of China Southern Airlines and a focus city for Shenzhen Airlines.

In 2010, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport was China's 2nd busiest and world's 19th busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic, with 40,975,673 people handled. As for cargo traffic, the airport was the 3rd busiest in China and the 21st busiest worldwide. Guangzhou airport is also the 3rd busiest airport in terms of traffic movements in China.

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The current airport in Huadu District opened on August 5, 2004, replacing the 72-year-old previous, identically named Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (now closed). The new airport, built at a cost of 19.8 billion yuan, is north of downtown Guangzhou and nearly 5 times larger than its predecessor. "Baiyun" (白云) means "white cloud" in Chinese, and refers to Baiyun Mountain (Baiyunshan) near the location of the former airport. The airport is also referred to as "New Baiyun" to distinguish it from the previous version, but this is not a part of the official name.

The opening of the New Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport had relieved most of the controversies of the older and deteriorated airport because of...
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