Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (former)

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (IATA: CAN, ICAO: ZGGG), formerly known as Canton Civil Airport or Pai Yuen Airport was the main airport in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China until 5 August 2004, when it was replaced by a new airport of the same title, 23 kilometres (14 mi) to the north.

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Airport typeDefunct
OperatorGuangzhou Baiyun International Airport Co. Ltd.
LocationBaiyun District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Opened1932 (1932)
Closed5 August 2004 (2004-08-05)
Elevation AMSL1 m / 2 ft
Coordinates23°11′14″N 113°16′5″E / 23.18722°N 113.26806°E / 23.18722; 113.26806
CAN is located in Guangdong
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,380 11,089 Paved (closed)
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Simplified Chinese广州白云国际机场
Traditional Chinese廣州白雲國際機場

History Edit

The airport started construction in 1932 and opened in the following year in November.[1] During the Canton Operation, the Japanese Navy invaded the airport and expanded the runway.[2] In 1963, the People's Liberation Army Air Force moved away from the airport, making the airport only for public use. The name of the airport is changed to "Baiyun" named from nearby Baiyun Mountain ("Baiyun" in Chinese means "white cloud").[3]

From 1964 to 1967, it underwent a comprehensive expansion, adding an area of 725,300 square meters (7,807,000 sq ft), and extending the runway to 2,500 meters (8,202 ft 1 in) from 2,000 meters (6,561 ft 8 in) before it had the conditions of further navigation with foreign countries.

Canton Civil Airport (White Cloud) in 1947.

In the 1980s, the airport renovated and expanded facilities such as oil storage depots, aprons, terminal buildings, boarding bridges, and maintenance hangars to meet the standards of international first-class airports. After the reform and opening up, Baiyun Airport had developed rapidly. Its passenger capacity, takeoffs and landings had ranked first in mainland China for eight consecutive years. After several expansions, it was still far from meeting its demand. It was imperative to choose a new location to build a new airport.

In 1992, the airport underwent civil aviation system reform, and the airport operated as an independent economic entity.

By 2002, the passenger throughput of the old Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport had reached 16,014,400 passengers, and the cargo and mail throughput reached 592,600 tons.

Due to the expansion of Guangzhou, the airport was surrounded by high-rise buildings and was unable to expand further to meet passengers’ needs. Instead, the new Baiyun airport was built and opened on 5 August 2004, and the old airport was closed.[4]

Former airlines and destinations Edit

There are often ferry international flights to Hong Kong, even before its economic open up. Similar to its new airport, it had served a variety of domestic or foreign international airlines back in the 1980s and 1990s such as Pakistan International Airlines, Garuda Indonesia,[5] Air France,[6] Japan Air System, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa, Philippine Airlines, Thai Airways International, Dragonair, Singapore Airlines, Aeroflot, Baikal Airlines, Royal Air Cambodge, and nearly every domestic airlines.[7][8]

Boeing 777-200 from China Southern Airlines approaching Baiyun Airport in 2003. At that time, the airport was the most important hub of China Southern Airlines.

Legacy Edit

The former terminal of the airport is being converted into a large shopping mall. The northern portion of the former airport is being turned into a provincial- and city-level functional area integrating conference services. The southern portion will be converted into Guangzhou's secondary center integrating retail, sports facilities, business, and cultural activities.[9]

The Airport Terminal in 1949, shortly before the Communist Revolution
Central Air Transport in Canton Civil Airport (1948)
Air Great Wall Boeing 737-200 about to take off at Baiyun Airport in 1996. Note that the airport had been surrounded by high-rise buildings and mountains.

Incidents and accidents Edit


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References Edit

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