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Shanghai Hongqiao Airport – Spotting Guide

Shanghai Hongqiao Airport – Spotting Guide

Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (SHA/ZSSS) is situated 10km west 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.

Hong Kong Intl. Airport Spotting Guide

Hong Kong Intl. Airport Spotting Guide

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.

Beijing Capital Intl. Airport Spotting Guide

Beijing Capital Intl. Airport Spotting Guide

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,…