Chengdu Tianfu International Airport – Experience
Chengdu Tianfu International Airport (成都天府国际机场) is an airport serving Chengdu, the capital of China's Sichuan province and a major air hub. The site of the airport was chosen at Lujia Town, Jianyang, Chengdu, 51 kilometres (32 mi) south-east of the center of Chengdu.
It is named after the Tianfu New Area, a development zone for Chengdu in which the airport is located. Construction began May 2016 and the airport opened June 21st 2021. It will operate as a second airport for Chengdu with the existing Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport continuing to operate.
Chengdu Tianfu International Airport is intended for Chengdu to become the third largest airport hub in China, after Beijing and Shanghai. The airport opened with three runways (two north-south and one east-west) with two terminals with capacity of 60 million passengers per year by 2025 and a cargo capacity of 24.45 thousand tonnes. The complete plan includes six runways and four terminals with capacity to handle 90 million passengers per year. The 1st of June, 2015, the Sichuan Provincial Airport Group announced a general design scheme for the airport. The winning design was by China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute, China Airport Construction Group Corporation and French architectural firm ADP Ingenierie. It features two terminal buildings in the shape of the mythical Sunbird, used as a logo for the city of Chengdu. From a central hollow circular core, six arms will radiate outwards with both terminals mirroring the other.