Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (SHA/ZSSS) is situated 13 km southwest of the downtown of Shanghai which means a 30 minutes ride by train (Metrolines 2 and 10 are connecting the airport with the city) or a ~1 hour ride by bus. The airport was built in 1906 and opened in 1907 as a military airbase. Back in 1923 the first civil airliner flew to SHA and from this point on the airfield became a normal passengerairport.
Fukuoka Airport (FUK;RJFF), perviously known as Itazuke Airbase, is the fourth largest airport in Japan with almost 21 Mio. passengers in 2016. Its one of the busiest single runway airports and due to this situation very interesting for plane spotters as you won’t miss a single plane. The airport is surrounded by the city of Hakata and and expansions is almost impossible.
Songshan International Airport (IATA: TSA/ICAO: RCSS) sits in the northern part of Taiwan’s capital, Taipei. It’s an airport that has both domestic flights and international flights to and from Japan, South Korea, and China. The airport is also one of the bases of R.O.C. Air Force (ROCAF), meaning military jets could be seen.
Trivandrum International Airport (IATA: TRV, ICAO: VOTV). The airport is a primary base for Air India Express operations and is a focus city for Air India, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and IndiGo.Trivandrum International Airport hosts Air India’s Narrow body Maintenance, repair and overhaul unit — MRO consisting of twin hangars for servicing Boeing 737 type aircraft, servicing mostly Air India Express aircraft. In addition to civil operations, Trivandrum Airport caters to the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Coast Guard for their strategic operations. IAF have an exclusive apron to handle all their operations. Trivandrum airport also caters to the Rajiv Gandhi Academy…
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.