Qingdao Liuting International Airport

Qingdao Liuting International Airport (IATA: TAO, ICAO: ZSQD) was the main airport serving the city of Qingdao in Shandong Province, China. It was about 31 km (19 mi) from the city center and served as a hub for Shandong Airlines, Beijing Capital Airlines and Qingdao Airlines as well as a focus city for China Eastern Airlines. A replacement airport, Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport, opened on 12 August 2021.[1]

Qingdao Liuting International Airport

TAO airport logo.svg
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Airport typeDefunct
OperatorQingdao International Airport Group Co., Ltd.
ServesQingdao, Shandong
LocationChengyang District, Qingdao
Elevation AMSL10 m / 33 ft
Coordinates36°15′58″N 120°22′28″E / 36.26611°N 120.37444°E / 36.26611; 120.37444Coordinates: 36°15′58″N 120°22′28″E / 36.26611°N 120.37444°E / 36.26611; 120.37444
TAO is located in Qingdao
TAO is located in Shandong
TAO is located in China
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 3,400 11,155 Concrete (closed)
Statistics (2021)
Cargo237,603 Ton
Num. of Flights139,677
Qingdao Liuting International Airport
Simplified Chinese青岛流亭国际机场
Traditional Chinese青島流亭國際機場


From 2004 to 2006, the airport underwent an expansion of its terminal as well as adding more parking spaces which was part of its initial 2010 goal to expand Liuting Airport to handle 5.2 million passengers annually or 2400 passengers and almost 120,000 tons of cargo hourly. The runway was also extended to its current length.[citation needed] Its IATA code is used for its former romanized name Tsingtao.[citation needed]

In 2018, Qingdao Liuting was the 15th busiest airport in China with 24.53 million passengers.[2] Due to its lack of room to expand as it is being surrounded by the city, in December 2013, the Chinese government approved the construction of Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport. All flights were transferred to Jiaodong Airport when it opened on August 12, 2021.

Qingdao did not have a non-stop intercontinental air link until 29 March 2016, when Lufthansa's existing service to Frankfurt, Germany via Shenyang was upgraded to a non-stop flight to Frankfurt.[3] Later in the year, Beijing Capital Airlines introduced service to Melbourne, Australia[4] and Vancouver, Canada in early 2017.[5]

Former airlines and destinationsEdit


Air Busan Busan
Air China Beijing–Capital, Chengdu–Shuangliu, Wuhan
Air Guilin Guilin, Xiangyang
Air Macau Macau[6]
Air Travel Hailar, Kunming
All Nippon Airways Osaka–Kansai, Tokyo–Haneda,[7] Tokyo–Narita
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon
Beijing Capital Airlines Beijing–Daxing,[8] Chengdu–Shuangliu, Haikou, Hangzhou, Jeju,[9] Lijiang, London–Heathrow, Melbourne, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Naha,[10] Nanchang, Nanning, Shenyang, Sydney, Vancouver, Wuhan, Zhengzhou
China Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan
Chengdu Airlines Guiyang, Jining, Yueyang
China Eastern Airlines Beijing–Daxing,[11] Changbaishan, Changde,[12] Chengdu–Tianfu, Chongqing, Dalian, Daqing, Dubai–International,[13] Fukuoka, Ganzhou, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Hengyang, Huizhou, Jiamusi, Jieyang, Kunming, Lanzhou, Liuzhou, Mudanjiang, Nagoya–Centrair, Nanchang, Nanjing, Ningbo, Ordos,[14] Osaka–Kansai, Paris–Charles de Gaulle,[15] San Francisco, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Taipei–Taoyuan, Taiyuan, Tokyo–Narita,[16] Tonghua, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xi'an, Xining,[14] Xinyang,[17] Yanji, Yibin, Yinchuan, Yiwu, Yuncheng, Zhanjiang[18]
China Southern Airlines Beihai, Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu–Shuangliu, Dalian, Daqing, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Harbin, Hohhot, Kunming, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Shiyan, Urumqi, Wuhan, Xiangyang, Xining, Yan'an, Yinchuan, Zhengzhou
Chongqing Airlines Kunming, Yinchuan
GX Airlines Huaihua, Nanning, Xiangyang
Hainan Airlines Guangzhou, Haikou, Harbin, Ningbo, Shenzhen, Wuhan
Hebei Airlines Qinhuangdao, Shijiazhuang
Jeju Air Seoul–Incheon
Jiangxi Air Nanchang
Juneyao Airlines Changchun, Nanjing, Osaka–Kansai,[19] Sanya, Shanghai–Pudong, Songyuan, Wuxi
Korean Air Busan, Seoul–Incheon
Kunming Airlines Changsha, Guangzhou,[20] Kunming[20]
Lucky Air Kunming, Wuhan
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Okay Airways Changsha, Shenyang
Qingdao Airlines Anqing, Beihai, Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu–Shuangliu, Chongqing, Fuyang, Fuzhou, Ganzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Harbin, Huai'an, Karamay, Kunming, Lanzhou, Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Ningbo, Phu Quoc, Quanzhou, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenyang, Tianjin, Urumqi, Yinchuan, Zhanjiang, Zunyi–Xinzhou
Ruili Airlines Hohhot[21]
Scoot Singapore
Shandong Airlines Aksu, Anshun, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Beijing–Capital, Changchun, Changsha, Chengdu–Shuangliu, Chongqing, Dalian, Daqing, Datong, Delhi, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Haikou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Hohhot, Jiamusi, Jiansanjiang, Jieyang, Jingdezhen, Korla, Kunming, Lanzhou, Longnan, Mianyang, Mudanjiang, Nagoya–Centrair,[22] Nanchang, Nanjing, Nanning, Ningbo, Osaka–Kansai, Qiqihar, Quzhou, Sanya, Sapporo–Chitose,[23] Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Shangrao, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Taipei–Taoyuan, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Urumqi, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Wuyishan, Xiamen, Xi'an, Xining, Yanji, Zhengzhou, Zhoushan, Zhuhai
Shanghai Airlines Dalian, Jiamusi, Jixi, Qiqihar, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Wenzhou
Shenzhen Airlines Guangzhou, Harbin, Nanchang, Nantong, Shenzhen, Yichun
Sichuan Airlines Changzhou, Chengdu–Shuangliu, Chongqing, Kunming, Xi'an
Spring Airlines Ningbo, Shanghai–Hongqiao
Tianjin Airlines Guiyang, Hohhot, Huai'an, Nanchang, Wenzhou
Uni Air Kaohsiung, Taipei–Taoyuan
Urumqi Air Urumqi, Zhengzhou[24]
Vietjet Air Nha Trang[25]
XiamenAir Changchun, Changsha, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Osaka–Kansai,[26] Quanzhou, Sanya, Shenyang, Xiamen
A Qingdao Airlines Airbus A320-200


ANA Cargo Naha[27]
Air Incheon Seoul–Incheon
China Southern Airlines Cargo Los Angeles
Terminal façade
A Shanghai Airlines Boeing 767-300 landing at Liuting


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


The airport is about 31 kilometres (19 mi) north of the city, and connected by taxis, three airport shuttle bus lines (701路, 702路, 703路), two tourism bus lines (Huangdao Special Line, Jiaonan Special Line), and intercity buses to neighboring cities.[28]


Liuting station (Qingdao Metro Line 1[29]), opened in December 2020.[30]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "青岛胶东国际机场正式转场运营". 12 August 2021.
  2. ^ 2018年民航机场生产统计公报 (in Chinese). Civil Aviation Administration of China. 5 March 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Qingdao opens direct flight route to Europe".
  4. ^ "Capital Airlines to Launch Qingdao-Melbourne Route".
  5. ^ "China's Capital Airlines today launches first Vancouver flight".
  6. ^ "Air Macau expands Beijing; adds Qingdao route in Aug 2018".
  7. ^ Liu, Jim. "ANA S20 International service changes as of 10FEB20". Routesonline. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  8. ^ Liu, Jim. "Beijing Capital Airlines outlines Beijing Daxing domestic network in W19". Routesonline. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Beijing Capital adds Qingdao – Jeju service from Feb 2019". routesonline. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Beijing Capital Airlines adds Qingdao – Okinawa from late-March 2020".
  11. ^ Liu, Jim. "China Eastern outlines Beijing Daxing network from late-Oct 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  12. ^ 10月27日起,东航湖南陆续新增6条航线
  13. ^ "China Eastern schedules Qingdao – Dubai late-June 2019 launch".
  14. ^ a b 航季换新丨青岛西宁低至180元,更多新开航线冰点特惠价!!
  15. ^ "China Eastern schedules Qingdao – Paris June 2019 launch". Routesonline.com. 13 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  16. ^ "China Eastern adds new Tokyo Narita routes in 1Q20". RoutesOnline. 10 November 2019. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  17. ^ 新航季 · 新航线 ① | 东航云南始发新航线即将开启!快来Pick你心仪的目的地!
  18. ^ 就在今天|湛江-杭州-青岛顺利开航
  19. ^ "Juneyao Airlines adds Qingdao – Osaka service from late-March 2019". routesonline. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  20. ^ a b "3月31日起昆明航空将开通"昆明-版纳-浦东"新航线". CAACnews. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  21. ^ "瑞丽航空夏秋换季九线新开,票价低至200元". Mp.weixin.qq.com. 21 February 2022. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  22. ^ "Shandong Airlines plans Nagoya service launch in S19". routesonline. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  23. ^ Liu, Jim. "Shandong Airlines adds Qingdao – Sapporo service from late-Nov 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  24. ^ "乌鲁木齐航空将于6月开通乌鲁木齐-郑州-青岛往返航线-中新网".
  25. ^ Direct flight links Qingdao, Vietnam's Nha Trang
  26. ^ "Xiamen Airlines W19 Japan service changes | Routes". Routesonline.com. Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  27. ^ "ANA to add more cargo flights through Naha".
  28. ^ "Qingdao Liuting Airport Transportation: Shuttle and Inter-city Buses". www.travelchinaguide.com. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  29. ^ "线路导航 青岛地铁".
  30. ^ "快讯!青岛地铁1号线北段、8号线北段正式开通!".

External linksEdit

  Media related to Qingdao Liuting International Airport at Wikimedia Commons