Chiang Mai International Airport

Chiang Mai International Airport (Thai: ท่าอากาศยานเชียงใหม่) (IATA: CNX, ICAO: VTCC) is an international airport serving Chiang Mai, the capital city of Chiang Mai Province in Thailand. It is a major gateway to Northern Thailand, and currently the fourth busiest airport in the country.


The airport was established in 1921 as Suthep Airport.

As a result of the temporary closure of Suvarnabhumi Airport in 2008 due to the protests, Chiang Mai became the alternative stop-over for China Airlines' Taipei-Europe flights and for Swiss International Airlines' Singapore-Zurich flights in the interim. On 24 January 2011, the airport became a secondary hub for Thai AirAsia.

In 2013, 19 airlines operated at CNX, serving more than 5.3 million passengers, 43,000 flights and 18,000 tonnes of cargo.

Upgrades in 2014 included expanding the apron for larger planes, extending operating hours to 24/7 (effective April 2014), and enlarging the international arrival hall and domestic departure hall.


The airport is at an elevation of 316 metres (1,037 ft) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 18/36 with an asphalt surface measuring 3,100 by 45 metres (10,171 ft × 148 ft). There are two terminals, one for domestic passengers and the other for international flights.[]

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Air China Beijing–Capital, Wuhan
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur–International
Bangkok Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Hanoi, Ko Samui, Krabi, Luang Prabang, Mae Hong Son, Mandalay, Phuket, Yangon
Cathay Dragon Hong Kong
China Eastern Airlines Beijing–Capital, Kunming, Shanghai–Pudong
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou
EVA Air Taipei–Taoyuan
Hainan Airlines Shenzhen
HK Express Hong Kong
Jeju Air Seoul–Incheon
Jetstar Pacific Seasonal: Dong Hoi
Juneyao Airlines Shanghai–Pudong
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon
Lao Airlines Luang Prabang
Lucky Air Kunming
Myanmar National Airlines Yangon
Nok Air Bangkok–Don Mueang, Nanning, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani
Qatar Airways Seasonal: Doha
Ruili Airlines Jinghong
Scoot Singapore
Shandong Airlines Chongqing, Jinan
Sichuan Airlines Chengdu, Xi'an
SilkAir Singapore (ends 26 October 2019)
Spring Airlines Guangzhou, Shanghai–Pudong
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang, Beijing–Capital (resumes 27 October 2019),[] Changsha, Da Nang, Hangzhou, Hanoi, Hat Yai, Hong Kong, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Macau, Nanchang, Pattaya–U–Tapao, Phuket, Sanya, Shenzhen, Surat Thani, Taipei–Taoyuan
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Thai Lion Air Bangkok–Don Mueang, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Pattaya–U–Tapao

Seasonal: Nanjing

Thai Smile Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Phuket
Thai Vietjet Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
VietJet Air Ho Chi Minh City


Busiest international routes 2016

Busiest international routes to and from Chiang Mai Airport (2016)
Rank Airport Passengers handled Change%
1 Hong Kong 351,784 10.85
2 Shanghai-Pudong 293,268 11.00
3 Kuala Lumpur–International 226,876 13.76
4 Guangzhou 132,492 35.03
5 Chengdu 127,708 12.12%
6 Singapore 117,726 3.01%
7 Chongqing 117,038 24.37%
8 Seoul-Incheon 108,776 6.27%
9 Macau 100,626 0.88%
10 Hangzhou 100,402 0.88%

Busiest domestic routes 2016

Busiest domestic routes to and from Chiang Mai Airport (2016)
Rank Airport Passengers handled Change%
1 Bangkok–Don Mueang 3,858,517 9.16%
2 Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi 1,978,858 14.64%
3 Phuket 460,054 7.82%
4 Krabi 217,851 8.07%
5 Hat Yai 183.234 41.82%
6 U-tapao Rayong-Pattaya 159,662 900.45%
7 Surat Thani 110,461 5.04%
8 Udon Thani 102,615 19.66%
9 Khon Kaen 95,263 213.21%
10 Ko Samui 74,787 15.23%

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Richie Keane
5 February 2015
Fair little airport, not much once u go through security so eat in departures hall first. Smoking room in international side. Shared with military so u can see F16's & Hercs in the morning
Simple Discoveries
1 August 2016
Clean & simple. Plus there's free wifi which is handy. A little bit of searching and you may discover some power outlets too for charging up.
12 December 2014
Only thing I like is the location. So close to the city ctr. ????. Star alliance lounge here is quite sad. Only thing worth having is the Singha beer. Quite a few shops inside for last minute shopping.
Calvin Lavelle
23 June 2017
Flying from the Domestic terminal was easy and efficient with AirAsia Thailand. Note - there are no ATM / Card Payment options once past security. Wifi available and many coffee shops.
Philip Martin
23 May 2017
The information counter at the airport says metered taxis can are outside. A large sign says metered taxis in front of the yellow taxis. You find out the everyone shuts of their meters here. Use grab
Antonius-Wim Eveleens-van Der Raaij
This is very comfortabel flying, very Good service by Bangkok Airways. Nice drinks and little apertizers.
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