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The Xian Xianyang International Airport

Airport code:XIY 

The airport is connected by a modern highway to Xian city.
It takes about 30-45 minutes to get from the center of Xian to the airport (or vice versa). This highway is new because it was not there in 2007 but was in 2009.Previous travellers to Xian would remember a rather slow trip from the airport to the city via some country roads.

Xi’an Xianyang International Airport, a growing airport hub for western China, was China’s eighth busiest airport in 2010. With a growth rate of around 18% (to 18 million passengers), Xi’an was the third fastest growing major airport in China (airports with more than 10 million annual pax) behind only the two Shanghai airports; Pudong and Hongqiao. Growth is expected to continue with the airport tipped to handle over 21 million passengers in 2011, for an increase of around 17%. The anticipated strong growth will be supported by the airport’s new Terminal 3, which is scheduled to open in Mar-2012. The facility is expecting to handle 31 million passengers, 230,000 aircraft movements and 400,000 tonnes of cargo by 2020, supported by the new terminal and runway.

Xi’an Airport (XIY), in which Fraport owns a 24.5% stake through Fraport Asia Ltd, is one of several fast-growing airports in western China to have outlined ambitious growth plans. Kunming, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan and Xi’an are all vying for the role as the nation’s fourth largest aviation hub (after Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou). At present, Chengdu Airport, which has already been reviewed by CAPA as part of this China airport series, is the largest of the ambitious western China airports.

Location: It is located in northeast part of Xianyang City which is to the northwest of Xian City.

Brief intro:
The whole construction of Xian Xianyang International Airport is really a symbol of the rapid development of air industry in China. It covers an area of 420,000 square meters (about 103.8 acres). Spacious room provides you extremely fresh air, which makes your trip an enjoyment right from your stepping into this airport. There are altogether 32 gate positions for your convenience. Airlines from Xian Xianyang International Airport can reach 68 domestic cities and more than eleven cities and places in Japan, Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Macao. In addition there are charter flights to Singapore and Azerbaijan.

 Airport Terminals
T2 has the most domestic and all of the international air routes departing and arriving at Xian. It consists of the Departure Hall on the 2nd Floor, the Arrival Hall on the 1st Floor, the Interlayer with eight arrival gates as well as the underground floor.
International Flights: Asiana Airlines (OZ), Business Air (8B), China Airlines (CI), China Eastern Airlines (MU), China Southern Airlines (CZ), Dragonair (KA), Hainan Airlines (HU), Hong Kong Airlines (UO), Korean Air (KE), Uni Air (B7), Orient Thai Airlines (ZH), Vietnam Airline (VN)
Domestic Flights: Air China (CA), Capital Airlines (JD), Chengdu Airlines (EU), China Express Air (G5), China West Air (PN), Hainan Airlines (HU), Hebei Airlines (NS), JoyAir (JR), Juneyao Airlines (HO), Kunming Airlines (KY), Lucky Air (8L), Okay Airways (BK), Shandong Airlines (3C), Shenzhen Airlines (ZH), Sichuan Airlines (3U), Spring Airlines (9C), Tianjin Airlines (GS), Xiamen Airlines (MF),

T3 has been put into use since May 3rd, 2012. It operates the domestic airlines of China Southern Airlines (CZ), China Eastern Airlines (MU), Shanghai Airlines (FM) and China United Airlines (KN). In the near future, a subway line could transfer passengers from Xian North Railway Station to this terminal directly.

Baggage Trolley: Free trolleys can be found at each terminal and parking lot.
  Pay Phone: Pay phones are obstacle-free also.
IC cards sold for pay phones: Gate 4 of Departure Hall in T2
  Drinking: Self-service drinking fountains are set at passenger areas in the terminals.
  Obstacle-free Facilities: low positioned phone, obstacle-free elevator, obstacle-free washing room, obstacle-free access
  ATMs: Bank of Communications (BCM), Agricultural Bank of China (ABC), China Construction Bank (CCB), Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC)
  Nursery Room: in both T2 and T3
  Smoking Room: Smoking is only allowed at the smoking room at each departure hall and arrival hall in the terminals.
  Mobile Charging: Free mobile charging can be found at the Departure Hall and Arrival Hall at each terminal.

 Services
  Ticket Office
Service: tickets, insurance, standby tickets, seats schedule, boarding, air express
Operating Hour: 06:30 ~ the last flight departure
Location: Counter 24 on 2F in T2
  Currency Exchange
Operating Hour: 07:30~21:30
Location: Customs exit on 1F in T2
Service rate: CNY58 for once
  Hourly Hotel: Standard Room and Luxury Suite
Operating Hour: 08:00~23:00
Location: First Base Floor in T2
Tel No.: 029-88796242
  Clinic
Service: consultation, medicine, and simple disease aid
Operating Hour: 06:00~22:00
Location: Gate 1 of the Departure Hall in T2
  Luggage packing
Operating Hour: 06:00~the last flight
Location: entrance of the Departure Hall in T2
  Left Baggage
Operating Hour: 06:00~the last flight
Location: Departure Hall and Arrival Hall in T2
 Luggage Inquiry:
Operating Hour: 06:30~the last flight
Location: at the Arrival Hall on 1F in T2; T3
Tel No.: China Eastern Airlines: 029—88797392; Hainan Airlines: 029—88797804, 029—88797447; Other Airlines: 029—88796184, 029—88796185
  Lost and Found
Operating Hour: 06:00~22:00
Location: Departure Hall and Arrival Hall in T2
Tel No.: 029-88796107, 029-88796106
  VIP Service
Service: pickup service reservation, VIP hall service, boarding, VIP security access, boarding guide, named cooperation, conference support
Operating Hour: 24 hours
Location: VIP Hall
Tel No.: 029-88798553
  Police
Service: provisional boarding prove and emergency dealing
Operating Hour: 06:00 ~ the last flight
Location: Departure Hall in T2
Tel No.: 029-88796219
 Sleepbox
The airport has set 20 sleepboxes for passengers in T3 and the corridor connecting T2 and T3. The sleepbox, with a hight of 2.7 meters (8.9 feet) and an area of 3 sq meters (32 sq. feet), looks like a tiny wooden house. Although being small in size, a sleepbox offers a temporary separated space for passengers to rest, with two single beds, a television, a computer and wifi, a lamp, a coffer and a dresser etc. Now one sleepbox costs CNY 30 for half an hour, CNY 60 per hour for the first two hours, and CNY 40 per hour since the third hour.
 Restaurants
Buffet Restaurant: Located on the east part of 2F in T2, it can seat  350 people for dining and offers food to passengers inconvenienced by flight delay.
Shishang Restaurant: Located at the west side of the International Departure Hall in T2, this restaurant focuses on Chinese food and simple western style food.
Silk Road Restaurant: Located on 1F of the Waiting Hall in T2, this restaurant provides service for tourist groups(s) from home and aboard. Banquet service is also available. The main foods are traditional Chinese cuisines, as well as local snacks, coffee and tea.
Cafeteria: This cafeteria offers food service to independent tourist.  The menu includes Chinese dishes, western food, snacks and fruit.  It is located in the Waiting Hall on 2F in T2.

 Service
Ticket booking phone: 029-88798486, 029-88798479, 029-88796321, 029-88796260

Ground Transportation at Xian Airport
When you arrive at Xi'an Xianyang Airport, you may have three options:
1)Take a taxi
2)Take a shuttle bus, which ticket is sold on the counters located on the arrival hall in the airport
3)Walk out of the arrival hall and take the small shuttle buses parked just outside.


Taxi tips:
Taxi (Jieda, Fukang, Pusang, Santana 2000, 3000 etc, displacement <= 1800cc), First Charge is RMB6, and RMB 1.5 per km after 2 km. During night (23:00 to 06:00), the first charge is RMB7, and RMB 1.8 per km after 2 km.
Taxi (Hongqi, Zhonghua, Dongfangzhizi, Pashate etc, displacement > 1800cc), First Charge is RMB 8, and RMB 2.4 per km after 2 km. During night (23:00 to 06:00), the first charges are RMB 9, and RMB 2.7 per km after 2 km.

Tips:
1. The international check-in counters will be closed 30~60 minutes before airplane take off. Passengers are suggested to arrive at the airport 2.5~3 hours in advance.
2. The domestic  check-in counters  will be closed 30 minutes before airplane take off. Passengers are suggested to arrive at the airport 1.5 hours in advance.
3. There is free cross-terminal shuttle bus running between T2 and T3. It runs every 10 minutes from 08:00 to 19:30 during Apr to Oct, and from 08:30 to 19:00 during Nov to next Mar. Passengers can get on board at the west side of the international entrance of Exit 4 on F2 in T2; or in front of the passenger service centre on F2 in T3.

   Airport Transportation: See our detailed information on Xian Transportation.

  Related link: Website of Xian International Airport(Chinese version only)

Xian Airport Transportation    Xian Airlines

Located in the geographical centre of China, Xian is regarded as an important communications hub for the western and the eastern parts of China. The city has already developed a modern transportation network incorporating road, rail, and air travel.

Xian airport islocated 50 km (about 31 miles) northwest of downtown Xian in Xianyang, a neighboring city. Ranked as the fourth most frequented airport in China, Xianyang International Airport (XIY) is home to 68 domestic daily flights from almost every major Chinese destination. From Jiuzhaigou, Ningbo, Zhengzhou and Lianyungang, etc. to Xian are newly opened domestic routes. International airlines from Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand totally 10 Asian cities are well established services of XIY. In 2005, there opened 7 new international airline routs from Germany, France, Britain, America and Canada via transfers in Beijing. In 2006, other 8 international airline routs from Europe, America and Asian are opening via transfers in Shanghai. International air connections with Hong Kong and Macao are also available depending on the airline schedule. Presently, with a total of 25 internationalair routs, Xian has become the city with most international connections in Western China.
Xianyang International Airport Enquiry: (029) 88798450

There are shuttle busses between the airport and the urban area with a 25 Yuan admission fee per person. Alternatively, at a price of 100 - 120 Yuan the journey can be made by taxi.

Xian Airport Shuttle Bus
The Xian Xianyang International Airport (西安咸阳国际机场) is 47 kilometers northwest of central Xian and about 13 kilometers from Xianyang. For quick travel between the Xian International Airport and the Xian Train Station or the Bell Tower or many other places, it might be best just to take the shuttle buses that run regularly and frequently and are a lot less expensive. There are 7 shuttle bus routes. Airport taxis might be a little unreliable. Drivers may issue fake money, drive too far or try to pull other scams. By taking a bus, you can avoid this. For the shuttle buses, be aware that the schedules can change. The 7 shuttle bus routes run frequently and go to important places.

Shuttle Bus Line 1 Airport <> Bell Tower
Operates between Stop T1 at the airport and the Xian Melody Hotel between about 6 am to 8 pm. The ticket fare is 25 RMB. The travel time is about an hour. The buses leave about every half hour, but they usually leave when they fill up. If there is an incoming flight, a bus is scheduled to meet it.

Shuttle Bus Line 2 Airport <> Xian Railway Station
Operates hourly between Stop T2 at the airport between 7 am to 7 pm going from the railway station to the airport; and about 10 am to 7 pm going from the airport to the railway station. The ticket fare is 25 RMB. The Xian Railway Station is close to the Bell Tower. The travel time is about an hour.

Shuttle Bus Line 3 Airport <> Xishaomen <> Xian High Technology Industries Development Zone
Operates hourly between Stop T2 at the airport and the Ziction Liberal Hotel from 9:40 to 7:40 pm going from the airport to the hotel; and about 7:15 and 6:15 pm going from the hotel to the airport. The ticket fare is 25 RMB.

Shuttle Bus Line 4 Airport <> Tangcheng Hotel <> Oriental Hotel <> Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Operates hourly between Stop T2 at the airport and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda from about 10 am to 4 pm. The ticket fare is 25 RMB. At the pagoda, the bus stops at the north square at the Tang Dynasty Art Garden Hotel.

Shuttle Bus Line 5 Airport <> Xishaomen
Operates hourly between Stop T2 at the airport and Xishaomen between about 6 am and 6:30 pm. The ticket fare is 25 RMB. In Xishaomen, the bus stops at the airline ticket hall.

Shuttle Bus Line 6 Airport <> Changba Ecological District
Operates more or less every two hours unless there are a lot of passengers. For the 2011 International Horticultural Exposition in Xian, there will probably be a lot more buses. The buses go between Stop T2 at the airport and the Kempinski Hotel between about 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. They go the other direction between 8 am and 6 pm. The ticket fare is 25 RMB. In Xishaomen, the bus stops at the airline ticket hall.

Shuttle Bus Line 7 Airport <> Xianyang City
For going to Xianyang City, the buses begin operation when a flight arrives and stop operating about 8:30 pm. For going from Xianyang City, the buses operate from between about 7 am and 6 pm. The stops are Minsheng Department Store, People’s Government of Xianyang City, Renmin Lu, and the Xianyang Railway Station The fare is 15 RMB.

By Train
With a reputation as 'the Gateway to the West', Xian Railway Station is one of the most pivotal terminals of the domestic railway system. It is the key junction between the southwest and the northwest, and forms a connecting link between the east and the west of China.
The station lies in the north urban area, so it will take you about half an hour by car from the downtown area. Buses traveling to the railway station can be found on every main street, and will only cost you 1 or 2 Yuan. If you choose to travel by taxi, the fare should be less than 10 Yuan (from the city center).

Purchasing train tickets can be troublesome for foreigners, as the ticket windows are usually crowded and have few English-speaking staff. One solution to such a problem is to ask for the ticket-booking service at any star rated hotel, who will offer their assistance for a nominal service charge. You are better off buying train tickets one week in advance of travel, especially during the peak travel seasons.

Xi'an Bus
The highway transportation to Xian extends in all direction. Long-distance buses commute between Xian and many large cities, covering 18 provinces and over 300 cities and counties. The Xian long-distance bus line terminal, which has been ranked as the highest class station in the whole nation, lies to the southwest of the railway station. People usually buy bus tickets on the same day of travel. Generally speaking, though the price is much more economical, foreigners are not encouraged to take the long-distance busses due to general hardship and fatigue. If at all possible, the plane and train are better choices.

Ensure you have a smooth vacation by planning your airport shuttle connections ahead of time? Let the professional, English speaking staff look after you when you arrive in Xi'an. Travel in comfortable air-conditioned vehicles to and from your hotel. Just look out for your name and let the professional team do the rest!

Tips:   Due to possible traffic jams, travelers are advised to set aside enough time when leaving for the train station or airport.
The public transportation network in Xi'an is among the best in China. If you are not in a hurry, there is no need to rent a taxi.

 

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