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China Civil Aviation

Traveling by air is perhaps the most convenient and the fastest way to travel around China. China's civil aviation began in 1949, with the founding of the People's Republic of China. Presently, most major cities in China feature large, state of the art airports that provide travelers with modern facilities and word-class aircrafts. These airports are under the supervision of the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC).

Currently Chinese airports service about 1,279 regular air routes. 1,035 of these are are domestic flights (including the routes to Hong Kong and Macau), while 244 are international. Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou handle the majority of China's air traffic, while more than 200 Chinese airports (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), connect 127 domestic cities and 80 international cities (in 38 countries). These airports are equipped to efficiently handle the ever increasing volume of air transportation.

The four largest Chinese airlines are Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, and Hainan Airlines. There are a number of other local airlines, including a civilian-run airline, Spring Airlines. These offer quality service in advanced, world-class aircrafts.

Shuttles conveniently provide transportation from airports to accessible city locations. Airport shuttles schedules offer information about pick up times as well as shuttle routes. If you are willing to pay a little more, taxis are widely available throughout China, providing faster and perhaps more convenient city to airport transportation. Generally, transportation fees are relatively inexpensive, though they vary from city to city.

It is very easy to book flights while in China. You can purchase tickets directly at the airport, or book them through hotels, ticket-booking offices or travel agencies. It is also possible to reserve your tickets on-line.  As you compare ticket prices, remember that an additional airport tax is charged, for both domestic and international flights. Additionally, foreign passengers must provide a valid passport and ID card when purchasing air tickets. 

The seat assignment on flights cannot be booked when purchasing the tickets. However, your seat can be assigned when you receive your boarding pass at the airport. Please ask your tour guide or the airport staff to do it for you.

Airline usually stop checking-in 30 to 45 minutes before scheduled departure of the flights, so you need to arrive at least 90 minutes before the departure time. Don't forget to allow for time to get from your hotel to the airport.

If your international flight is cancelled, delayed or changed so that you cannot arrive on time, you need to contact your travel agency very quickly so that they can make necessary changes to your tour to minimize any inconvenience. If you have booked our tours, you can telephone our office 24 hours.

If your internal flight is cancelled, the airline company usually will arrange for you to stay overnight at an airport hotel and let you board another flight the next day. No matter what happens to your flights (cancelled, delayed or changed), you need to contact your travel agency  immediately so that they will know what is happening. They can help you contact the airline company for the best solution to the problem and then arrange pick-up, hotel accommodation, and tours accordingly.

Civil Aviation
Airlines in China provide warm hearted, safe and quality service for travelers to China.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is a functional department in charge of the nation's civil aviation industry, which has opened around 1,000 domestic airlines that cover 140 cities with Beijing in the center. There are also 130 international airlines and 21 regional airlines, radiating to 60 cities in 40 countries. Flying along these airlines are some of the world's finest aircraft, and all the major airports are equipped with the world's best available facilities. Air China is one of the safest air companies in the world.
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   Air China (Code: CA)    
Acquired as the largest and most advanced airlines in China, Air China Limited was first set up in 1988 and the present company was formed in 2004 by amalgamating with China National Aviation Company and China Southwest Airlines.
   China Southern Airlines (Code: CZ) 
  China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd. is a main air transportation business of China Southern Air Holding Company
   China Eastern Airlines (Code: MU)  
    China Eastern Airlines is one of the three largest state-owned airlines in China. Set up in 1988, the present scale formed by annexing the Northwest Airlines and integrating with Yunnan Airlines.
  China Southwest Airlines(Code: sz)  

 Southwest AirlinesChina Southwest Airlines (CSWA), was established on October 15,1987. It was China's first major airline to abide by the principle of separation of responsibility between administration and enterprise.
    Hainan Airlines (Code: HU)
    Commencing operation in 1993, Hainan Airlines was established by restructuring the former Hainan Provincial Airlines Company.
   Shanghai Airlines (Code: SF) 
     Coming into existence in 1985, Shanghai Airlines aims at building itself into one of the best corporation which will become first choice for customers and of international standard.

 Xiamen Airlines (Code: MF) 
    Xianmen Air is mainly dealing with domestic air passengers' and freight transportation and acting as a business agent in air transportation from Fujian province to other neighbor countries or regions.

   ShandongAirlines(Code: SC)
Accompanied by the vigorous development of China Civil Aviation Shandong Airlines - a new star of aviation, becomes the'Latest-beginning, highest-starlingpoint, and fastest-developing'airline in our country, which is constructed in the shortest time.

Sichuan Airlines(Code: 3U)
Sichuan Airlines Co. Ltd is restructured on the basis of its predecessor. Sichuan Airlines, which was established on September 19, 1986 and began its operation on July 14, 1988.


 Shenzhen Airlines(Code: 4G)
 Shenzhen airlines Co. Ltd, which was called "Shenzhen airlines Co.", in Jan. 2001 changed its name to "Shenzhen airlines Co. Ltd."

Major Chinese Air Companies
Air China 2-A East Third Ring Road North, Chaoyang District, Beijing (010) 64663366
China Eastern Airlines Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai (021) 62686268
China Southern Airlines Baiyun International Airport, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province (020) 86120000
China Southwest Airlines Shuangliu International Airport, Chengdu, Sichuan (028) 5700114
China Northwest Airlines 2 Fenghao Road, Xi'an Shaanxi Province (029) 8701114
China Northern Airlines 3-1 (024) Xiaoheyan Road, Dadong District, Shenyang, Liaoning Province (024) 23198888
Xinjiang Airlines 46 Yingbin Road, Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (0991) 3801703
Yunnan Airlines Wujiaba Airport, Kunming, Yunnan Province (0871) 7116114
Xiamen Airlines Ltd. Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, Fujian Province (0592) 5739888
Shanghai Airlines 212 Jiangning Road, Shanghai (021) 62558888
China Xinhua Airlines 1 Jinsong Road South, Chaoyang District, Beijing (010) 67740118
Sichuan Airlines Shuangliu Airport, Chengdu, Sichuan Province (028) 5393114
Shenzhen Airlines Huangtian Airpot, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province (0755) 7771999
Hainan Airlines Haihang Development Tower, 29 Haixiu Avenue, Haikou, Hainan Province (0898) 6715984
Fujian Airlines 228 Sixth Fuxing Road, Pudu, Fujian Province (0591) 3679700
Great Wall Airlines 32 Nanliu Street, Taigucheng, Ningbo, Zhejiang Province (0574) 7724260
Central China Airlines Xinzheng Airport, Zhengzhou, Henan Province (0371) 8510218
Guizhou Airlines 110 Yan'an Central Road, Guiyang, Guizhou Province (0851) 5863000
Shandong Airlines Yaoqiang Airport, Jinan, Shandong Province (0531) 8730777

Valuable Tips
Confirmation: If you have reserved a seat to continue your flight in China, or for a return journey on an international or regional flight, you should reconfirm its reservation at least 72 hours before departure if you'll stop over at the boarding place for longer than 72 hours. Or else the seat shall be automatically cancelled. No confirmation is necessary if you stop over at the place for your continued flight or return flight for less than 72 hours.

Ticket Validity : The validity period of normal fare tickets, whether for single, return or circular trips, is one year. The validity periods of special fare tickets and discount normal fare tickets are calculated on the basis of related fares in accordance with relevant stipulations.

Airport Fee : A 90-yuan airport fee shall be collected from passengers departing from any international airports in the People's Republic of China. Passengers holding diplomatic passports, transit passengers who stop over for less than 24 hours, and children under the age of 12, are exempt from the airport fee.

Free Luggage Allowance by Weight : The free luggage allowance by weight for every passenger holding a ticket with full fare or half fare for an international or regional flight is 40 kg for a first-class ticket, 30kg for a business class ticket, and 20kg for an economy class ticket. No free luggage allowance is granted to babies who pay 10 percent of the adult fare.

Carry-on Baggage : 2 pieces for a passenger holding a first-class ticket; and 1 piece for a passenger with a business or an economy-class ticket. The dimensions for each piece of luggage allowed should not exceed 20×40×55cm, and the maximum weight shall not exceed 5kg. You'll have to pay if you bring more luggage aboard than is allowed in terms of piece or weight.

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