Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (former)

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

Guangzhou Baiyun
International Airport
Airport typePublic, Defunct
OperatorGuangzhou Baiyun International Airport Co. Ltd.
LocationBaiyun District
Elevation AMSL1 m / 2 ft
Coordinates23°11′14″N 113°16′5″E / 23.18722°N 113.26806°E / 23.18722; 113.26806Coordinates: 23°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


Canton Civil Airport (White Cloud) in 1947.

The airport started construction in Winter 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] Due to the expansion of Guangzhou, the airport could not expand to meet passengers needs. On August 5, 2004, the new Baiyun airport opened and the old airport was closed.[4]

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.[5]

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  1. ^ "第一代航站楼:见证广州民航事业的发展" (in Chinese). 2017-03-03. Archived from the original on 2018-07-07. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  2. ^ "老白云机场的轨迹" (in Chinese). Yangcheng Evening News. 2016-08-13. Archived from the original on 2018-07-07. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  3. ^ "广州白云国际机场的历史". (in Chinese). 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2020-06-27.
  4. ^ "见证"十五":建新机场十月夷平五座山" (in Chinese). 2006-02-12. Archived from the original on 2018-07-08. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  5. ^ "Baiyun New Town: G5 Mall & Largest Graffiti in Asia GDNews". Retrieved 31 October 2015.