Chengdu Tianfu International Airport

New Airport
Completion: 21 days ago (31-Dec-2020)
ICAO: n/a
City: Jianyang
Country/Territory: China


  • Annual (pax):
    • Initial: 40,000,000
    • When completed: 90,000,000
  • Annual (cargo, tonnes):
    • Initial: 700,000
    • When completed: 2,000,000


  • Terminal:
    • 600,000m²
  • Runways:
    • 4,000m × 60m
    • 3,800m × 45m
    • 3,200m × 45m


Chengdu Tianfu International Airport is a proposed airport development project that will provide the city of Chengdu and its surrounding areas with a second major airport. The airport is to be located approximately 50km southeast of city, at the juncture of Jianyang City and Jintang County. The total cost of the project is forecast to be CNY71,864 million (USD12 billion). The new airport will cover an area of 30sqkm and will feature three runways in phase one and then a further three in phase two. Once completed, the airport will have capacity for 90 million passengers, more than twice that of Chengdu Shuangliu Airport, six million tons of cargo and 850,000 aircraft movements p/a, making it the largest airport in China’s west region and the nation’s fourth largest international hub. Chengdu Tianfu International Airport phase one construction project is expected to complete basic construction in 2020, with plans to commence operation in 2021. Chengdu will become the third city in China’s midwest to have two international airports. 

Nov-2019. CIMC-TianDa was awarded  a CNY518.5 million (USD73.8 million) contract to supply 195 aerobridges and 162 aerobridge air conditioning units for Chengdu Tianfu International Airport, refreshing the company's contract value record of CNY300 million (USD42.7 million) from Shanghai Pudong International Airport phase three expansion project.

Jul-2019. Chengdu Municipal Government deputy secretary general Zhang Ying stated Chengdu Tianfu International Airport is expected to complete phase one construction in 2020 and commence operation in 2021.

Feb-2019. China's Sichuan Provincial Development and Reform Commission revealed the target to complete Chengdu Tianfu International Airport main body construction work in 2019. The airport expects to commence operation with 40 million p/a passenger capacity in 2020.

Oct-2018. Chengdu Tianfu International Airport terminal aerospace air traffic control centre construction work commenced on 11-Oct-2018.

Mar-2018. Chengdu Tianfu International Airport plans to increase the number of runways to six and annual capacity to increase of 90 million passengers, with the third runway scheduled to complete construction in 2020.

Feb-2018. Chengdu Tianfu International Airport commenced terminal structure construction works as of the end of Jan-2018.


17-May-2017. Chengdu Tianfu Airport commenced terminal construction on 17-May-2017. The airport is designed with annual capacity to handle 40.0 million passengers by 2025, with a 608,000sqm terminal building, an 80,000sqm GTC and a 170,000sqm car park.

May-2017. Chengdu Tianfu International Airport is expected to commence operation in 2020, according to Sichuan Provincial Development and Reform Commission Chairman Fan Bo. Construction is scheduled to complete by 2019 featuring three runways capable of accommodating 90 million passengers p/a.

Jun-2016. CAAC Southwest Regional Administration stated the Chengdu Tianfu International Airport phase one construction project is expected to complete basic construction in 2019, with plans to commence operation in 2020. 

May-2016. Sichuan Provincial Airport Group stated construction work on Chengdu Tianfu International Airport commenced on 27-May-2016. 

Apr-2016. Chengdu Tianfu International Airport feasibility study report received National Development and Reform Commission approval on 18-Apr-2016.

Mar-2016. Chengdu Tianfu International Airport construction work will commence in 1H2016 according to Sichuan Provincial Development and Reform Commission director Tang Limin, adding the environmental impact assessment was recently approved.

Oct-2015. New Chengdu Airport received CAAC approval to name the airport Chengdu Tianfu International Airport. The airport project’s feasibility report is still awaiting approval. Chengdu Tianfu will have three runways with capacity for 40 million passengers and 700,000 tonnes of cargo p/a in the short-term. In the long-term, the airport will have six runways, including four parallel and two lateral, with capacity for 90 million passengers and 2.0 million tonnes of cargo p/a. Construction work on the airport is expected to commence within the year and is slated for completion in 2019 with the airport to commence operations in 2020. Once completed, Chengdu will become the third Chinese city to have two airports, after Beijing and Shanghai. Chengdu Tianfu will serve mostly international services.

Sep-2015. Sichuan Provincial Airport Group and Agricultural Bank of China announced a commitment for a CNY12 billion (USD1.9 billion) loan to be used for the construction of New Chengdu Airport. Construction work on the new airport project is expected to commence at the end of 2015 and completed with the new airport to be put into operation in 2019. Total investment for the airport project is still estimated at CNY69.2 billion (USD10.9 billion).

Jun-2015. Sichuan Province Airport Group Co Ltd GM Pan Gangjun noted that Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is almost running at full capacity, but that passenger volume has kept rising in recent years. It is forecast that passenger volume in Chengdu will reach 62 million by 2020, hence the need for a larger airport in the city. Chengdu's new airport, to be located 51km southeast of downtown Chengdu, will be larger than the current facility and will make Chengdu the third city on the Chinese mainland to have a second airport, after Beijing and Shanghai. According to the plans, the first phase of the new airport will completed 2018, with annual capacity to handle 40 million passengers and 700,000 metric tons of cargo. The long-term goal is for the airport to handle 90 million passengers and two million metric tons of cargo p/a. Highways, subways and intercity railways are also planned to link the new airport to downtown Chengdu and other parts of the city. 


15-May-2015. New Chengdu Airport has announced that it will primarily handle international services, with the current Chengdu Airport to handle domestic services. New Chengdu Airport is now scheduled to commence operation in 2019.

14-May-2015. Sichuan Airport Group recently revealed short term and long term construction plans for New Chengdu Airport. Details include:

  • Short-term plan: 2014-2018, to construct three runway and two terminal buildings, constructed according to annual capacity to handle 40.0 million passengers and 700,000 tonnes of cargo;
  • Long-term plan: 2026-2040, to construct six runways and four terminal buildings, constructed according to annual capacity to handle 90.0 million passengers and 2.0 million tonnes of cargo.

Mar-2015. Sichuan National Development and Reform Commission director Tang Limin stated construction work on the New Chengdu Airport will commence by year-end 2015. The airport will eventually have six runways with the capacity to handle 90 million passengers p/a. Under phase one of the project the airport will have three runways with capacity to handle 40-45 million passengers p/a. Three more runways will be constructed in phase two. The new airport’s terminal size will be 1.8 times that of terminal two at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. Upon completion, Chengdu will become the third city in China to have two airports after Beijing and Shanghai.

Jan-2015. Regulatory approval was granted to build what is now a CNY69.3 billion (USD10.8 billion) airport. The new Chengdu facility will have three runways, capable of handling 40 million passengers upon its completion in 2025. It will be constructed according to a code 4F standard and will have a 520,000sqm terminal building and a 157 aircraft parking bay apron. The airport sets 2025 as its target year to achieve annual capacity of 40 million passengers, 700,000 tonnes of cargo and 320,000 aircraft movements.

Dec-2014. Sichuan Provincial Government stated the New Chengdu Airport project could be established this month with construction work to commence in 2015 at the earliest. The project proposal is awaiting approval from the State Council and the Central Military Commission. Once approved, the pre-feasibility study for the project will commence.

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