Over the past years China has developed its domestic air system to meet both the influx of foreign travelers and the local ones. The airports have been modernized and several new airlines have started to operate, linking pretty much every city in the country.
Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Northern Airlines and China Southern Airlines are some of the national carriers. There are also several low-cost carriers which include Tiger Airlines and Spring Air fly. In total there are over 25 Chinese airlines which serve the country.
Beijing and Shanghai are the most important entry points in the country. A lot of passengers arrive via Hong Kong. Direct flights between Hong Kong and China are operated both by Air China (the national Chinese carrier) and Dragonair (the Hong Kong carrier).
Other important airports include: Chengdu Shuangliu Airport, Chongqing Jiangbei Airport, Dalian Zhoushuizi Airport, Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, Guilin Liangjiang Airport, Hong Kong Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, Shenzhen Baoan Airport, Xiamen Airport and Xi’an Xianyang Airport.
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Tips to get a cheap ticket when flying in China
Some routes can get extremely busy and book up really quick so it’s advisable to book well in advance. If you cannot book the flight before you arrive in China, make sure to book it once you arrive and at most 2 days before the flight.
Check the flights prices against the bus and trains fares. Sometimes you might be able to save some money by choosing not to fly.
Some low-cost airlines operate only in a certain part of the country.
Note: all flights are non-smoking