Xinyang Minggang Airport

Xinyang Minggang Airport (IATA: XAI, ICAO: ZHXY), or Minggang Air Base, is a dual-use civil and military airport serving the city of Xinyang in Henan Province, China. It is in the town of Minggang in Pingqiao District, about 45 kilometres (28 mi) from downtown Xinyang and 48 kilometres (30 mi) from the city of Zhumadian.[1]

Xinyang Minggang Airport
Airport typeMilitary/Public
ServesXinyang, Henan, China
LocationMinggang, Pingqiao District, Xinyang
Opened1931 (military)
28 October 2018 (public)
Coordinates32°32′29″N 114°04′40″E / 32.54139°N 114.07778°E / 32.54139; 114.07778
XAI is located in Henan
Location of airport in Henan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,700 8,858
Statistics (2021)
Aircraft movements14,381
Xinyang Minggang Airport
Simplified Chinese信阳明港机场

History edit

The military air base formerly known as Zhumadian Airbase was built in the 1930s and served important national defense operations following the Manchurian Incident; Zhumadian was critical in supporting the Nationalist Chinese Air Force operations in the northern-front during the War of Resistance-World War II,[2] and was where the 4th Fighter-Attack Group of the Chinese Air Force launched their close-air support missions for Chinese ground forces fighting the Imperial Japanese Army at the Battle of Taierzhuang.[citation needed] The airbase was completely modernized in 1958, and in September 2011, the State Council and the Central Military Commission approved the proposal to convert the base to a dual-use airport. Construction began in November 2015, and a test flight was completed on 23 May 2018.[3] The airport was officially opened on 28 October 2018 for commercial passenger operations, with an inaugural China Eastern Airlines MU9921 flight from Xi'an Xianyang International Airport.[4] The construction budget was 360 million yuan.[4]

Facilities edit

Xinyang Minggang Airport has a runway that is 2,700 meters long and 50 meters wide (class 4C), and a 5,000 square-meter terminal building. It is projected to handle 300,000 passengers and 2,500 tons of cargo per year by 2020.[1][5]

Airlines and destinations edit

China Eastern Airlines Chengdu–Tianfu,[6] Chongqing, Dalian, Guilin, Hangzhou, Kunming, Qingdao, Shanghai–Hongqiao, Shanghai–Pudong, Wenzhou,[6] Xi'an[7]
China Express Airlines Chongqing,[8] Hohhot[8]
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou
China United Airlines Beijing–Daxing, Fuzhou, Huizhou
GX Airlines Haikou, Zhuhai[9]

See also edit

References edit

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  2. ^ 抗日战争纪念网. "长空写忠魂:击落第一架日本战机的张光明 - 抗战英烈事迹综合资料 - 抗日战争纪念网". Retrieved 2020-12-04. 对于长途奔袭的机群,油料是最大的问题。四大队从汉口起飞,要到河南驻马店和归德机场加油挂弹,再飞向台儿庄、枣庄和峄县一带,攻击敌军阵地。因油料关系,每次仅能在战地上空停留15分钟,即须返航。。。喝了水、吃了饭,张光明正在休息,听村里人说,附近摔落中、日各一架飞机,中国飞行员受了伤,还活著。他顾不得极度的疲惫,赶忙叫村人带路前去探视,原来伤者正是在空战中与日机尾部相撞坠机的飞行员陈怀民。张光明脱下衬衫为陈怀民中弹的伤腿包扎止血,叫乡长派了一辆牛车,他一路上抱著伤痛难忍的陈怀民,经过一夜的颠簸,天亮才赶到归德航空站医院。
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  7. ^ 信阳明港机场通航 东航成为机场首家运营航司
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  9. ^ "航班换季 | 叮咚!珠海机场2023年夏航季航班时刻表,请查收~". Retrieved 6 May 2023.