Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

A bird’s eye view of the terminal
Source: Brücke-Osteuropa
Airport typePublic
OwnerGuangzhou Baiyun International Airport Co. Ltd.
OperatorGuangdong Airport Authority
LocationBaiyun–Huadu Districts, Guangzhou, Guangdong
Hub for9 Air China Southern Airlines FedEx Express Hainan Airlines Shenzhen Airlines
Focus city forChina Eastern Airlines
Elevation AMSL15 m / 49 ft
Coordinates23°23′33″N 113°17′56″ECoordinates: 23°23′33″N 113°17′56″E
WebsiteGuangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (IATA: CAN, ICAO: ZGGG) is the major airport of Guangzhou, Guangdong province. Both airport codes were inherited from the former Baiyun Airport, and the IATA code is derived from Guangzhou’s historical romanization Canton. Baiyun Airport serves as a hub for China Southern Airlines, FedEx Express, 9 Air, Hainan Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines.

In 2017, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport was China’s third-busiest and world’s 13th-busiest airport by passenger traffic, with 65,806,977 passengers handled. As for cargo traffic, the airport was China’s third-busiest and the 19th-busiest worldwide. Baiyun Airport was also the third-busiest airport in China in terms of aircraft movements.


Airport Layout
Source: CellarDoor85


Terminal 1

Terminal 1 has three components, Main Terminal, Area A and Area B. All check-in counters and most retail stores are placed at the Main Terminal. The two concourses controlled by individual security checkpoints, named Area A and Area B, are the boarding gates, security checkpoints, border control, custom & quarantine, baggage reclaim and relative facilities.

Since 24 January 2016, East Pier 1 & 2 are dedicated to serve international flights, domestic flights occupy the rest.

Departure Lobby A at Terminal 1
Source: JKT-c

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 opened on April 26, 2018, with an area measuring over 658,000 square metres. When Terminal 2 officially operates, it will be typically home to China Southern Airlines. In addition, most of SkyTeam member airlines will also typically operate in Terminal 2.

Departure Lobby at Terminal 2
Source: Jacky Cheung

AirlinesCheck-in Counter
DomesticChina Southern Airlines, XiamenAir, Sichuan Airlines, Chongqing Airlines, Hebei AirlinesC, D, E, F, G, J
InternationalJapan Airlines, Kenya Airways, Saudia, Garuda IndonesiaM
Korean Air, China Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Air France, Thai Airways, Aeroflot, Sichuan AirlinesN
China Southern AirlinesP, Q

The new transport centre (GTC) is under construction on the south of terminal 2, passengers will be able to go to Guangzhou downtown by taking metro, rail, bus or taxi there.

FedEx Asia-Pacific hub

FedEx Asia-Pacific hub apron
Source: Meihe Chen

On July 13, 2005, FedEx Express signed a contract with the airport authority to relocate its Asia-Pacific hub from Subic Bay International Airport in the Philippines to Baiyun Airport. The new Asia-Pacific hub covers an area of approximate 63 hectares (160 acres), with a total floor space of 82,000 square metres (880,000 sq ft). At the beginning of operation, the hub employed more than 800 people and operated 136 flights a week, providing delivery services among 20 major cities in Asia and linking these cities to more than 220 countries and territories in the world. The Guangzhou hub was, at the time of the opening, the largest FedEx hub outside the United States, but it was later surpassed by the expanded hub at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport.

The hub has its own ramp control tower, a first for an international air express cargo company facility in China, which enables FedEx to control aircraft movements on the ground, aircraft parking plans as well as loading and unloading priorities. Included at the hub are a unique package and sorting system with 16 high-speed sorting lines, seven round-out conveyor belts and 90 primary and secondary document-sorting splits. With the new advanced system, up to 24,000 packages can be sorted an hour at the start of operations.

Construction began in 2006 and the hub was originally scheduled to open on December 26, 2008. On November 17, 2008, after several months of testing, FedEx announced that the opening date was delayed to the first half of 2009 when the hub was expected to be fully operational. FedEx claimed that the revised operation date “provided FedEx with the necessary time to fully test all systems and processes, as well as work closely with the Guangzhou authorities to ensure all necessary approvals are in place”.

On December 17, 2008, the hub completed its first flight operations test. A FedEx MD-11 aircraft took off from Subic Bay International Airport in the Philippines and landed at Baiyun Airport at 5:50 am. The flight was handled by the new FedEx hub team, using the FedEx ramp control tower and the new 24,000 package per hour sort system. Following a successful operations’ process, the flight departed on time for its final destination at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France. This Asia-Europe flight route operated four times per week during test run. FedEx also announced that the hub would start operation on February 6, 2009.

FedEx closed its 13-year-old Asia-Pacific hub at Subic Bay of northern Philippines on February 6, 2009 with the last flight leaving for Taiwan just before dawn, while hub operations have moved to Baiyun Airport. The first flight that arrived at the new FedEx Asia-Pacific hub originated from Indianapolis International Airport. The MD-11 aircraft landed at 11:07 pm at Baiyun International Airport from Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris, marking the opening and full operations of the new Asia-Pacific hub.


In August 2008, the airport’s expansion plan was approved by the National Development and Reform Commission.

It included a third runway, 3,800 metres in length and 60 metres in width, located 400 metres to the east of the existing east runway. The centrepiece of the project is a 658,000-square-metre Terminal 2. Other facilities comprise new indoor and outdoor car parks and a transportation centre with metro and inter-city train services. The total cost of the entire project was estimated to be around ¥18.854 billion. Construction of the third runway began in 2012 and the runway commenced operation in early 2015. The whole project including the new terminal was scheduled to be finished in February 2018, at which time the airport will be able to handle 80 million passengers and 2.5 million tonnes of cargo a year.

According to its master plan, Baiyun Airport will eventually have five runways and a third terminal building, located between the third and fifth runways. When completed, the passenger and cargo handling capacity of the airport will be increased to over 100 million and 5 million tonnes, respectively. A preliminary timetable gives the completion date of 2022.

Airlines and destinations


9 AirChangchun, Guiyang, Haikou, Harbin, Hefei, Lanzhou, Mandalay, Nanjing, Ningbo, Osaka–Kansai, Tianjin, Urumqi, Wenzhou, Wuxi, Xi’an, Xishuangbanna, Yangon,  Zhengzhou
AirAsiaJohor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur–International
Air ChinaBeijing–Capital, Beijing–Daxing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dazhou, Guangyuan, Hangzhou, Hohhot, Luzhou,  Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Tianjin, Tonghua, Urumqi, Wanzhou, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Yinchuan,  Yuncheng
Air MadagascarAntananarivo, Saint-Denis de la Réunion
All Nippon AirwaysTokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita
Asiana AirlinesBusan, Seoul–Incheon
Beijing Capital AirlinesChengdu, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Hohhot, Lijiang, Qingdao, Yinchuan
Cambodia Angkor AirPhnom Penh, Sihanoukville
Cathay DragonHong Kong
Cebu PacificClark, Manila
Chengdu AirlinesChengdu
China AirlinesTaipei–Taoyuan
China Eastern AirlinesBangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Baoshan, Beijing–Capital, Cangyuan, Changchun, Changzhou, Chengdu, Dali, Datong, Diqing,  Hangzhou, Hefei, Huai’an, Jiayuguan, Jinan, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lijiang, Lüliang,  Mangshi, Nanchang, Nanjing, Ningbo, Ordos, Qingdao, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shiyan, Taiyuan, Taizhou, Urumqi, Weihai, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xi’an, Xishuangbanna, Yangon, Yichang, Yinchuan
China Southern AirlinesAdelaide, Altay, Amsterdam, Anqing, Anshan, Auckland, Baku, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Baotou, Beihai, Beijing–Capital, Bijie, Brisbane, Busan, Cebu, Changbaishan, Changchun, Changde,  Changsha, Changzhi, Changzhou, Chengdu, Chiang Mai, Chizhou, Chongqing, Christchurch, Colombo–Bandaranaike, Dali, Dalian, Daocheng, Daqing, Delhi, Denpasar/Bali, Dhaka,  Dubai–International, Enshi, Frankfurt, Fuyang, Fuzhou, Ganzhou, Guiyang, Haikou,  Handan, Hangzhou, Hanoi, Harbin, Hefei, Ho Chi Minh City, Hohhot, Hotan, Huangshan, Islamabad, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Jiamusi, Jieyang, Jinan, Jinggangshan, Jining, Jixi, Karamay, Kashgar,  Kathmandu, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kunming, Lahore, Langkawi, Lanzhou, Lhasa, Lianyungang, Libo,  Lijiang, Linfen, Liupanshui, London–Heathrow, Longnan, Los Angeles, Luoyang, Malé, Manila, Meixian, Melbourne, Mianyang, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Mudanjiang, Nagoya–Centrair, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Nanchang, Nanchong, Nanjing, Nanning, Nanyang, New York–JFK,  Nha Trang, Ningbo, Nur-Sultan,  Nyingchi, Ordos, Osaka–Kansai, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Penang, Perth, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Phu Quoc, Qingdao, Qiqihar, Rizhao, Rome–Fiumicino, San Francisco, Sanya, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang, Siem Reap, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei–Taoyuan, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita, Tongliao, Tongren, Toronto–Pearson, Turpan, Urumqi, Vancouver, Vienna, Vientiane, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Wuxi,  Xiamen, Xi’an, Xiangyang, Xichang, Xingyi, Xining, Xinzhou, Xuzhou, Yan’an,  Yancheng, Yangon, Yangzhou, Yanji, Yantai, Yichang, Yichun (Heilongjiang), Yinchuan, Yiwu, Yulin, Zhangjiajie, Zhanjiang, Zhengzhou,  Zunyi–Maotai, Zunyi–Xinzhou
Seasonal: Fukuoka, Jeju
China Southern Airlines
operated by Chongqing Airlines
Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Chongqing
China United AirlinesBeijing–Daxing, Shiyan
Ethiopian AirlinesAddis Ababa
EVA AirKaohsiung, Taipei–Taoyuan
Garuda IndonesiaDenpasar/Bali, Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta
GX AirlinesBaise, Changsha
Hainan AirlinesBeijing–Capital, Chengde, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Da Nang, Dongying, Dunhuang,  Haikou, Hangzhou, Hanzhong, Harbin, Hefei, Hohhot, Jinzhou, Lanzhou, Nanjing, Nha Trang, Ningbo, Qingdao, Qinhuangdao, Sanming, Sanya, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang, Taipei–Taoyuan, Taiyuan, Tangshan, Tianjin, Urumqi, Weifang, Wenzhou, Wuhai, Xi’an,  Xinzhou, Yinchuan, Zhangjiakou, Zhengzhou
Hebei AirlinesShijiazhuang
Iraqi AirwaysBaghdad
Japan AirlinesTokyo–Haneda
JC International AirlinesSihanoukville
Jetstar Pacific AirlinesHanoi, Ho Chi Minh City
Juneyao AirlinesLijiang, Shanghai–Hongqiao
Kenya AirwaysBangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Korean AirSeoul–Incheon
Kunming AirlinesKunming
Lanmei AirlinesPhnom Penh, Sihanoukville
Lao AirlinesVientiane
Lion AirCharter: Denpasar/Bali, Manado
Loong AirHangzhou, Ningbo, Shenyang, Xining, Yantai
Lucky AirKunming
Mahan AirTehran–Imam Khomeini
Malaysia AirlinesKuala Lumpur–International
Malindo AirJohor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur–International
Myanmar Airways InternationalYangon
Nepal AirlinesKathmandu
Okay AirwaysTianjin
Oman AirMuscat
Pegas FlyMoscow–Sheremetyevo
Philippine AirlinesManila
Philippines AirAsiaManila
Qatar AirwaysDoha
RwandAirKigali, Mumbai
S7 AirlinesIrkutsk, Novosibirsk
SaudiaJeddah, Riyadh
Shandong AirlinesJinan, Qingdao, Wuyishan, Xiamen, Yantai
Shanghai AirlinesHangzhou, Nagoya–Centrair, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong
Shenzhen AirlinesBangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Changchun, Changzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Jinan, Jingdezhen, Kunming, Linyi, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nantong,  Ningbo, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Qingdao, Quanzhou, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shenyang, Taizhou, Tengchong, Wenzhou, Wuxi, Xi’an, Yangzhou,  Yantai, Yibin, Yichun (Jiangxi), Yinchuan
Sichuan AirlinesChengdu, Chiang Rai, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Harbin, Kunming, Nha Trang, Yinchuan
Singapore AirlinesSingapore
Spring AirlinesBangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Chiang Mai,  Jeju, Osaka–Kansai,  Phnom Penh, Phuket, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Shijiazhuang
SriLankan AirlinesColombo–Bandaranaike
Thai AirAsiaBangkok–Don Mueang
Thai AirwaysBangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Thai Lion AirBangkok–Don Mueang, Chiang Mai
Tianjin AirlinesTianjin
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul
Uni AirTaichung
US-Bangla AirlinesDhaka
Vietnam AirlinesDa Nang, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City
West AirChongqing, Zhengzhou
XiamenAirFuzhou, Hangzhou, Quanzhou, Tianjin, Xiamen
CAN world map destination
Source: Mythria


ANA CargoOkinawa, Tokyo–Narita
Asiana CargoSeoul–Incheon
China Airlines CargoTaipei–Taoyuan
China Postal AirlinesNanjing, Shanghai–Pudong
China Southern CargoAmsterdam, Chicago–O’Hare, Chongqing, Dhaka, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, London–Stansted, Los Angeles, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Qingdao, Taipei–Taoyuan, Vienna, Zhengzhou
Ethiopian Airlines CargoAddis Ababa, Mumbai, Oslo-Gardermoen
Emirates SkyCargoDubai–Al Maktoum
Etihad CargoAbu Dhabi, Chittagong
FedEx ExpressAlmaty, Anchorage, Bangalore, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Cebu, Chengdu, Clark, Cologne/Bonn, Delhi, Dubai–International, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Kuala Lumpur–International, Manila, Mumbai, Osaka–Kansai, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Penang, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo–Narita
Korean Air CargoSeoul–Incheon
Lufthansa CargoChongqing, Delhi, Frankfurt, Krasnoyarsk
MASkargoKuala Lumpur–International
Qatar Airways CargoDoha
Saudia CargoBangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Brussels, Riyadh
SF AirlinesBeijing–Capital,[84] Wuhan, Zhengzhou
Turkish Airlines CargoAlmaty, Bishkek, Istanbul–Atatürk
Suparna AirlinesDhaka, Hangzhou, Nanning, Taipei–Taoyuan, Xiamen

Ground transportation

Airport South metro station Airport Express Bus


There is a free shuttle bus that goes between Terminals 1 and 2.


The airport is connected to downtown Guangzhou by the S41 Guangzhou Airport Expressway.


Guangzhou–Foshan circular intercity railway which is under construction will set the Baiyun Airport Terminal 1 Station, the Baiyun Airport Terminal 2 Station and the Baiyun Airport Terminal 3 Station in the airport. The rail will connect the airport to the Guangzhou South railway station and the Guangzhou North railway station.


Airport South metro station
Source: 自己拍

Baiyun International Airport is served by the Airport South Station (serving Terminal 1) and the Airport North Station (serving Terminal 2) on Line 3 of Guangzhou Metro.

In the future, Guangzhou Metro Line 18 has a plan to link the airport to the Guangzhou downtown.


Airport Express Bus
Source: Chinatravelsavvy

There are 5 Airport Express lines and 6 Airport Non-stop lines to round-trip between airport and downtown. Buses will take passengers to city’s major hotels, grand plaza and transportation center, such as Garden Hotel, Guangdong Hotel, CITIC Plaza, Haizhu Square, Tianhe Coach Station, Guangzhou North Station and so on.

To service passengers out of Guangzhou city, the airport also provides intra city bus service. The buses will take up passengers from/to Dongguan, Foshan, Zhongshan, Huizhou, Jiangmen and so on.

Source: wikipedia