Sanya Phoenix International Airport is a major airport hub serving the city of Sanya in Hainan, China’s most southernmost province and comprises close to ten thousand acres.
Despite its modest size, the airport plays an important part in Sanya’s thriving tourist market as it is conveniently situated within easy reach of popular attractions. In 2015 it handled approximately 16,191,930 passengers making it China’s 18th busiest airport in terms of passengers. The airstrip is about 3,400 meters long and 60 meters wide, which satisfies requirements for take off and landing of a fully weighted Boeing 747, Airbus 340 and other large aircraft.
Sanya Phoenix Airport is 10 kilometres north-west of central Sanya with a regular bus service to town from the viaduct on the terminal’s second floor. Taxis are available to and from the airport and the city. Cycling is another convenient method of transport with many hotels and hostels offering bike rental services. Recent additional rail services from Sanya Station, located on Yuxin Road, have made west coast areas such as Tianya Haijiao more accessible.
Open to the public in July 1994, the airport has since been awarded various prestigious titles including its security check point recognised as “2012 Civil Aviation Youth Safe Production Demonstration Posts” by the National Civil Aviation Youth League Committee and the “2011-2012 National Youth Civics Unit Project” by the Central Committee of the Communist Young League.