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- Yingke Road 96, Ganjinzi District, Dalian, Liaoning Province, 116033, China
- Airlines currently operating to this airport with scheduled services
- Air Burundi
All Nippon Airways
Beijing Capital Airlines
China Eastern Airlines
China Express Airlines
China Southern Airlines
Yangtze River Express
- Airlines currently operating to this airport via codeshare
Delta Air Lines
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Dalian international Airport is the international airport and principal gateway serving the city of Dalian, China. As one of the busiest airports in Northeast China, Dalian hosts domestic, regional and international passenger and cargo services for over 20 airlines, including China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Air China Limited.
Location of Dalian Airport, China
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A slowdown in Chinese traffic at the end of 2012 resulting from decreased activity in line with the government’s leadership transition saw Beijing Capital Airport miss a widely-held projection that it would overtake Atlanta Hartsfield airport for the title of world’s largest passenger airport. Beijing remained in the #2 spot after breathtaking growth that saw it enter the world’s 10 largest airports only in 2006.
Growth at Beijing and other major Chinese airports will slow as slots become increasingly difficult to secure. The highest growth amongst major Chinese airports is occurring in China’s west and northeast regions, home to airports including Chongqing, Shenyang and Urumqi.
They are a fraction of the size of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, which account for 31% of passenger movements, but will increasingly garner international attention.
Those in the know are aware that China's new growth is out in the west, in cities like Chongqing, where Finnair launched services in 2012, or Chengdu, which British Airways will serve later in 2013. This singular focus on the frontier west, however, obscures China's northeast: a growing section in China's corner that many are unaware of or assume that, being in eastern China, it has slower growth.The former rustbelt region is movign ahead.
The region is anchored by Liaoning province, which is not only growing but forecast by the Economist Intelligence Unit to be China's largest recipient of foreign direct investment by 2014.
The key airports are Dalian and Shenyang in Liaoning, as well as Harbin, in neighbouring Heilongjiang province. Yet, despite the strong growth indicators, the outlook for international air services is mixed. Certainly, this is China and growth there will be strong, but relative to other regions, perhaps not as enticing. Liaoning and Heilongjiang are in the thick of northeast Asia, a mere one or two hour flight from mega-hubs at Tokyo Narita and Seoul Incheon, whose hometown carriers have a large presence in northeast China as they can efficiently provide connections.
In mainland China's de facto international hub, Hong Kong, typically expansionist Dragonair does not serve any of the northeast airports. Lufthansa serves Shenyang, which SIA's Scoot will soon serve as well.
China's leading airports are on the cusp of strong international growth, with several new routes to be launched in the coming 12 to 24 months. Growth will be driven by foreign and local needs: countries will have greater needs to further link with China while locally there will be an increasing propensity to travel among the Chinese population as incomes rise, while high-speed rail expansion will push Chinese airlines to grow internationally, at the same time providing feed opportunities for foreign carriers at the main Chinese gateways.
But growth is not only expected at the main Chinese hubs. Second tier airports can also look forward to increasing air services as the Government supports expansion from these hubs and as the LCC revolution takes hold in North Asia. New carriers across the region will be looking for new route opportunities, fuelling rapid growth at non-congested Chinese gateways. China's own second tier airlines are also looking to expand abroad, mainly within the Asia Pacific region, which will spur development at the provincial capitals across China's vast interior and economic zones.
Dalian Airport, China’s 15th busiest airport, is expecting continued growth in the coming years as it capitalises on its location as a regional financial base and gateway to a heavily industrialised city and an important international shipping centre and logistics hub in North East China. The airport, which reported a 12% year-on-year increase in passenger numbers to 12.0 million in 2011, is China’s ninth largest airport by international capacity and the biggest in the northeast region by passengers numbers. (It is the region's only airport handling more than 10 million passengers p/a. Other key airports in the region include Harbin, Changchun and Shenyang.)
Air China start-up Dalian Airlines commenced operations on 31-Dec-2011, marking another milestone in the flag carrier's expansion of its domestic footprint. A bastion of China Southern (following its takeover of China Northern in 2003), Dalian Airport is a key northern gateway, with strong trade links to neighbouring Japan and Korea - which feature in Dalian Airlines' future expansion plans. The focus on the north-eastern region also reflects a shift in domestic network development patterns in China in light of increasing competition from the high-speed rail (HSR) network. Shandong Airlines, Hainan Airlines and China Southern Airlines have separately stated they will increase services to/from China’s north-east and north-west regions.
With the establishment of Dalian Airlines, Air China, is expanding its domestic and regional presence through a subsidiary operation. The complex ownership structure of subsidiaries is common among the ‘Big Three’ carriers in China, while HNA Group also has a convoluted subsidiary and ownership structure, in addition to a branch carrier network.
Air China received preliminary approval from CAAC Northeast Regional Administration to establish Dalian Airlines Co Ltd in conjunction with Dalian Baoshui Zhentong Co on 05-Jul-0211. The carrier will be based at Dalian Airport, the nation’s 16th largest airport and the busiest in north-eastern China.