Xining Caojiabao International Airport

Xining Caojiabao International Airport (IATA: XNN, ICAO: ZLXN), also called Caojiapu Airport, is an airport serving Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province, China. It is located in Huzhu County, Haidong, on the Tibetan Plateau about 30 kilometres (19 mi) east of downtown Xining. The airport began operation in 1991, and in October 2011 a new 3,800 meter long runway was built to replace the old one.[3][4]

Xining Caojiabao International Airport

The airport terminal
OperatorChina West Airport Group
ServesXining and Haidong
LocationHuzhu County, Qinghai
Elevation AMSL2,170 m / 7,119 ft
Coordinates36°31′39″N 102°02′34″E / 36.52750°N 102.04278°E / 36.52750; 102.04278Coordinates: 36°31′39″N 102°02′34″E / 36.52750°N 102.04278°E / 36.52750; 102.04278
XNN is located in Qinghai
Location in Qinghai
XNN is located in China
XNN (China)
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 3,800 12,467 Asphalt
Statistics (2021)
Aircraft movements57,020
Freight (in tonnes)33,820.8
Xining Caojiabao International Airport
Simplified Chinese西宁曹家堡国际机场
Traditional Chinese西寧曹家堡國際機場


The first airport of Xining was located 17 km west of the current airport near the town of Lejiawan. Built on orders of warlord Ma Bufang in 1931,[5] it started limited civilian use in 1933. In 1957 the runway was expanded to 2,600 m and more facilities were added. The only regular route was between Xining and Lanzhou with less than 1,000 passengers annually travelling through the airport. Later, a once-a-week route to Beijing would be added.[6]

In 1975 plans were made to relocate the airport, as the Lejiawan Airport was limited by a one-way gravel runway. Construction of Caojiabao airport was approved by the State Council on 17 May 1985 and started in 1989. The airport opened in December 1991. The site of the former airport is now a military base.[6]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

Arrivals Area


Air China Beijing–Capital, Chengdu–Shuangliu, Hangzhou, Shanghai–Pudong, Taiyuan, Tianjin
Air Travel Changsha, Nanjing, Wuxi, Yibin
Beijing Capital Airlines Beijing–Daxing, Yushu
Chengdu Airlines Chengdu–Tianfu, Harbin
China Eastern Airlines Beijing–Daxing,[7] Chengdu–Tianfu, Delingha, Golmud, Golog, Hangzhou, Hefei,[8] Huatugou, Jinan,[9] Kunming, Lhasa, Nanjing, Ningbo, Ordos, Qilian,[10] Qingdao, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Wuhan, Xi'an, Yantai,[11] Yuncheng, Yushu, Zhengzhou
China Express Airlines Chengdu–Shuangliu, Hami, Hohhot, Korla, Turpan
China Southern Airlines Beijing–Daxing,[12] Changchun, Changsha, Dalian, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hohhot, Nanjing, Nanning, Qingdao, Shanghai–Pudong, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Urumqi, Wuhan, Xi'an, Zhangjiajie, Zhengzhou
Donghai Airlines Nantong, Shiyan, Zhengzhou, Zhuhai
Hainan Airlines Dalian, Haikou, Taiyuan, Xi'an
Jiangxi Air Hanzhong, Nanchang
Juneyao Airlines Shanghai–Pudong
Loong Air Changsha, Enshi, Handan, Hangzhou, Huai'an, Linyi, Nanjing, Nanyang, Ningbo, Shenzhen, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xuzhou, Yan'an, Yulin, Zhengzhou, Zunyi–Xinzhou
Okay Airways Shanghai–Pudong, Shihezi, Tianjin
Shandong Airlines Jinan, Qingdao, Taiyuan, Xi'an, Yinchuan
Shanghai Airlines Lianyungang, Shanghai–Pudong
Shenzhen Airlines Shenzhen, Shenyang, Xi'an
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu–Tianfu, Chongqing, Dunhuang, Hangzhou, Kunming, Lhasa, Luzhou, Mianyang, Sanya, Urumqi, Xi'an
Spring Airlines Shanghai–Hongqiao
Tibet Airlines Chengdu–Shuangliu, Golmud, Golog, Lhasa, Nanjing, Tianjin, Wenzhou, Yushu
West Air Hefei, Xiangyang, Zhengzhou
XiamenAir Beijing–Daxing, Changsha, Chongqing, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Quanzhou, Wuhan, Xiamen, Zhengzhou


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Airport information for ZLXN at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ Airport information for Xining Caojiabao Airport at Transport Search website.
  3. ^ Xining Caojiabao Airport
  4. ^ 西宁曹家堡机场跑道切换 新跑道正式投入运行 (in Chinese (China)). Carnoc.
  5. ^ "乐家湾兵变!马家军的百年死敌,杀进了马步芳的军机重地_腾讯新闻". Retrieved 2021-04-22.
  6. ^ a b "西寧樂家灣機場和第一位青海飛行員" (in Chinese (Taiwan)). Retrieved 2021-04-22.
  7. ^ Liu, Jim. "China Eastern outlines Beijing Daxing network from late-Oct 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  8. ^ 东航开通合肥-西宁航线 (in Chinese (China)). Carnoc.
  9. ^ 东航山东分公司夏秋换季新增多条航线 (in Chinese (China)). Carnoc.
  10. ^ Li, Zezhong (2018-08-28). "天境通天途 青海海北祁连机场竣工投运". Carnoc. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  11. ^ 新航季东航在烟台威海开通多条新航线 (in Chinese (China)). Carnoc.
  12. ^ "China Southern to transfer first 13 services to Beijing Daxing Airport in Oct-2019". 4 July 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  13. ^ 出港航班时刻表 (in Chinese (China)). Qinghai Airport Co., Ltd.

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