Chiang Mai International Airport

Chiang Mai International Airport (Thai: ท่าอากาศยานเชียงใหม่) (IATA: CNX, ICAO: VTCC) is an international airport serving Chiang Mai, the capital city of Chiang Mai Province in Thailand. It is a major gateway to Northern Thailand, and currently the fourth-busiest airport in the country.

Chiang Mai International Airport

Chiang Mai Intl Airport.jpg
Airport typePublic / Military
OwnerRoyal Thai Air Force
OperatorAirports of Thailand PCL (AOT)
ServesChiang Mai
Location60 Mahidol Rd, Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Focus city for
Elevation AMSL1,036 ft / 316 m
Coordinates18°46′00″N 098°57′45″E / 18.76667°N 98.96250°E / 18.76667; 98.96250Coordinates: 18°46′00″N 098°57′45″E / 18.76667°N 98.96250°E / 18.76667; 98.96250
CNX is located in Chiang Mai Province
CNX is located in Thailand
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,400 11,155 Asphalt concrete
Statistics (2017)
Total Passengers10,230,070 Increase8.3%
International passengers2,302,013 Increase9.9%
Domestic passengers7,928,057 Increase8.3%
Aircraft Movements71,993 Increase4.0%
Freight (tonnes)17,647 Decrease8.5%
Source:[1]: 1 
Aerial view of the airport's runways and southern part of the city


Chiang Mai Airport International Departure Hall
Airplanes at Chiang Mai International Airport

The airport was established in 1921 as Suthep Airport.

As a result of the temporary closure of Suvarnabhumi Airport in 2008 due to the protests, Chiang Mai became the alternative stop-over for China Airlines' Taipei-Europe flights and for Swiss International Airlines' Singapore-Zurich flights in the interim. On 24 January 2011, the airport became a secondary hub for Thai AirAsia.[2] The China Airlines flights are now regular flights.

In 2018, 31 airlines operated at CNX, serving 11 million passengers, 78,210 flights and 14,612 tonnes of cargo.[3]

Upgrades in 2014 included expanding the apron for larger planes, extending operating hours to 24/7 (effective April 2014), and enlarging the international arrival hall and domestic departure hall.[4]


The airport is at an elevation of 316 metres (1,037 ft) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 18/36 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,100 by 45 metres (10,171 ft × 148 ft).[5] There are two terminals, one for domestic passengers and the other for international flights.[citation needed]

Airlines and destinationsEdit


AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International
Air China Beijing–Capital, Wuhan
Asiana Airlines Seasonal charter: Seoul–Incheon[6]
Bangkok Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Hanoi, Koh Samui, Krabi, Luang Prabang, Mae Hong Son, Mandalay, Phuket, Yangon
China Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan[7][8]
China Eastern Airlines Beijing–Daxing, Kunming, Shanghai–Pudong
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou
EVA Air Taipei–Taoyuan
Hainan Airlines Shenzhen
HK Express Hong Kong
JC International Airlines Phnom Penh[9]
Jeju Air Seoul–Incheon
Seasonal: Busan,[10] Muan[11]
Juneyao Airlines Chengdu–Tianfu,[12] Shanghai–Pudong
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon
Lao Airlines Luang Prabang
Lucky Air Kunming
Myanmar National Airlines Yangon
Nok Air Bangkok–Don Mueang, Khon Kaen, Nanning, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani
Qatar Airways Seasonal: Doha
Ruili Airlines Kunming, Xishuangbanna
Shandong Airlines Chongqing, Jinan
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu–Shuangliu, Xi'an
Spring Airlines Guangzhou, Shanghai–Pudong
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Changsha, Da Nang, Hanoi, Hat Yai, Hong Kong, Hua Hin,[13] Khon Kaen, Krabi, Macau, Nanchang, Quanzhou, Pattaya–U-Tapao, Phuket, Sanya, Shenzhen, Surat Thani, Taipei–Taoyuan
Seasonal: Beijing–Capital
Thai Lion Air Bangkok–Don Mueang, Guangzhou, Pattaya–U-Tapao
Thai Smile Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Kaohsiung, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phuket
Thai Vietjet Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phuket
T'way AirlinesSeoul–Incheon
VietJet Air Ho Chi Minh City


Annual passenger traffic at CNX airport. See source Wikidata query.

Busiest international routes 2019Edit

Busiest international routes to and from Chiang Mai Airport (2019)[14]
Rank Airport Passengers handled Change%
1 Shanghai-Pudong 446,398   18.41%
2 Hong Kong 323,897   10.71%
3 Guangzhou 297,819   3.67%
4 Seoul-Incheon 251,805   64.77%
5 Kunming 232,791   15.44%
6 Taipei–Taoyuan 221,975   192.24%
7 Kuala Lumpur 171,918   3.84%
8 Singapore 128,657   4.99%
9 Macau 112,956   11.17%
10 Hangzhou 110614   43.60%

Busiest domestic routes 2019Edit

Busiest domestic routes to and from Chiang Mai Airport (2019)[14]
Rank Airport Passengers handled Change%
1 Bangkok–Don Mueang 3,565,272   0.39%
2 Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi 2,866,138   1.81%
3 Phuket 415,726   12.27%
4 Rayong-Pattaya-U-Tapao 323,547   0.40%
5 Krabi 209,382   0.31%


  1. ^ "2016 Traffic Report; AOT Airports Traffic Overview" (PDF). AIRPORTS OF THAILAND (AOT) PUBLIC COMPANY LIMITED. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 September 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 November 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Air Transport Statistic". Airports of Thailand PLC (AOT). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 December 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Airport information for VTCC Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine from DAFIF (effective Oct 2006)
  6. ^ "Asiana Airlines resumes Chiang Mai scheduled charters in 1H20".
  7. ^ "China Airlines resumes Chiang Mai service from June 2020; Guam schedule changes".
  8. ^ Liu, Jim. "China Airlines delays Taipei – Chiang Mai launch to March 2021". Routesonline. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  9. ^ Liu, Jim. "JC Airlines moves Phnom Penh – Chiang Mai launch to August 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Jeju Air adds Busan – Chiang Mai service in 1Q20".
  11. ^ "Jeju Air adds Muan – Chiang Mai service in Feb 2020".
  12. ^ "Juneyao Airlines expands Routes Asia 2020 Host City Chiang Mai flights in 1Q20". routesonline. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  13. ^ Liu, Jim. "Thai AirAsia adds new routes from Hua Hin in August 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  14. ^ a b "Annual Airport 2019" (PDF). Airports of Thailand PCL. Retrieved 31 August 2020.

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