Hong Kong International Airport (HKG/VHHH) also known as Chek Lap Kok Airport is located 25 km west of Hong Kong Central on an artificial island close to Lantau Island. It can be easily reached by car from motorway 8. From the city the Airport Express is riding every 10 minutes and takes around 25 minutes (100 HKD). Several public lines connecting the airport with nearly every part of the city, the fares are lower than the Airport Express. Additionally ferries are going to Macao and China Mainland.
Taipei Taoyuan Intl. Airport Spotting Guide (TPE/RCTP) is located 30 km west of Taiwan’s capital Taipei. It can be easily reched by car from motorway 2. To travel from Taipei to the airport buses are operating 24 hours. The MRT connection (metro) to Taipei is currently under construction as well as a connection to the high speed train HSR.
Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, formerly Sahar International Airport, is the second busiest airport in India and handled almost 43. Mio passengers in 2015. This airport has two cross runways and is reaching its full saturation point. The main airlines in Mumbai are Jet Airways, Indigo, Air India, Go Air, Spicejet, Vistara. By far, Jet Airways has the most number of schedules followed by Indigo.
Mactan Cebu International Airport (IATA: CEB, ICAO: RPVM) is located on Mactan Island in Metro Cebu which belongs to the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. Cebu is the second busiest airport of the Philippines with 52.000 flights and 6,5M passengers in 2015. All the Philippine carriers are serving Cebu (PAL Express, Air Asia Zest/Air Asia Philippines, Air Swift, Seair) and it is home of Cebu Pacific Air (ATR-72, A320).
Our member Jeremy Denton and his father Paul visited Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (RKT / OMRK) from Dubaï. The airport has a passenger terminal, a cargo terminal and an aircraft maintenance area. Currently, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport is being rebranded within efforts to attract legitimate cargo, in particular from establishments under the Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone and also passengers traffics mostly charter services. This airport is good if you spend times in Dubai or around that you can managed to go to RKT for a half of day for a ramp tour.
Our member Patrick visited Siem Reap in February 2015 and wrote a guide about the largest Airport in Cambodia. In 2013 the Airport handled 2.663.000 millionen passengers. REP is a Hub for Cambodia Angkor Airlines and Sky Angkor Airlines and the majority of traffic is obviously generated by these 2 carriers.
Our members Patrick and Jan visited Kuala Lumpur in Januar and February 2015 (Konstanty in October 2015) and wrote a guide about the largest Airport in Malaysia. In 2014 the Airport handled 48.930.408 millionen passengers. KUL is a Hub for AirAsia, AirAsia X, Malaysian Airlines, Malindo Air and Maskargo. The majority of traffic is obviously generated by AirAsia and Malaysian Airlines.
Kathmandu is Nepal’s only international airport and by far its busiest airport. 6 km away from the city center, in 2012 it handled approximately 4.6 million passengers and most of its operations are domestic flights that connect the capital with several airports through the country. Even though some of these flights only take 30 minutes, they are still a better choice than to travel by land, where the journey can take hours due to the hilly landscape of Nepal. The airport has two terminals, on separated buildings, one domestic and one international.
Abu Dhabi – A city like one from Arabian Nights! And it is not just a city somewhere in the desert; it is the capital of the UAE! Our members Marlin and Jonas frequently visit Abu Dhabi and created a guide for this worth seeing city. The capital airport is the home of the world’s fastest growing airline, Etihad Airways. Being a base for EY, Abu Dhabi airport makes most of its profit from the national airline of the UAE.
Beijing Capital International Airport is currently the second busiest airport in the world (2013 statistics) and the busiest in Asia. It handled 83.7 million passengers in 2013 and traffic is split on three runways, of which the last was only recently opened in 2007. But even though even arrivals are often split on all three runways, you will catch lots of movements, due to the extremely high traffic. As the airport still experienced large growth over the last years it was decided that a new airport will be constructed in Beijing Daxing, which is currently scheduled to open in 2018,…
Phuket Airport (HKT/VTSP) is situated on the most north-east part of Phuket Island not far from the bridge connecting the island to the mainland. The airport has just finished a reconstruction/expansion of the International terminal also adding a larger apron in the west with open-air stands serviced by transfer buses instead of by air bridge.
Our member Jan visited during his trip through Asia among other things Gimpo International Airport (formerly also called Kimpo), Seouls major international gateway until 2001 when it was replaced by the larger Incheon International Airport. Nowadays it is still quite active with almost 20 million passengers in 2013 and it is mostly used for domestic and regional flights.
Next to Kansai, our member Maximilian visited Itami as well during his trip through Japan and presents you a total number of three spots. Osaka Airport (RJOO / ITM), was Osaka’s main airport until Kansai International Airport was opened in 1994. Nowadays ITM only handles domestic services. Traffic is restricted due to its location within a highly populated neighbourhood in Hyogo prefecture next to the city of Itami. Nevertheless, ITM’s traffic figures are comparable to Kansai as some 17 million passengers are handled every year.
Our member Jan visited Seoul Incheon in March 2014 and wrote a guide about it with a total of four spots. Incheon International Airport is the largest airport in South Korea and the main international gateway for its capital Seoul. In 2001 Incheon replaced the older Gimpo International Airport, which is now mostly used for domestic and regional flights. In 2013 Incheon handled almost 41.5 million passengers. It also became one of the largest cargo hubs in the world, ranking 4th in 2013. This of course is mainly due to the largo cargo operations of local carriers Korean Air and Asiana.
Besides Tokyo Narita, our member Maximilian visited Tokyo International Airport (RJTT / HND), commonly known as Haneda, Japan’s largest airport, as well. After the construction of Narita Airport, HND has handled mainly domestic operations for several decades. International services were re-introduced just recently. To increase capacity, HND received its International Terminal plus a fourth runway in 2010.