Chiang Mai Aviation

Chiang Mai flying links

Flyer Forum – Chiang Mai Trip Report
MPAviation – Michael Peare – travel and flying.

Chiang Mai Airport – history, data and operators

Chiang Mai airport (CNX/VTCC) 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.

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. It is a single building with separate entrances and exits!

Chiang Mai Airport web site.

Non-stop destinations from Chiang Mai


Bangkok  BKK                   Bangkok Airways, Thai VietJet, Thai Airways, Thai Smile
Bangkok DMK                   Thai Air Asia, Nok Air, Thai Lion Air
Hat Yai                             Thai AirAsia
Khon Kaen                        Thai AirAsia
Ko Samui                          Bangkok Airways
Krabi                                Thai AirAsia
Mae Hong Son                   Bangkok Airways, Wisdom Airways (check with airline)
Nakhon Ratchasima           NewGen Airways
Pattaya                              Thai AirAsia, Thai Lion Air
Phuket City                        Thai AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, Thai Smile
Surat Thani                       Thai AirAsia
Udon Thani                       Nok Air


Beijing                              Air China, Thai Air Asia
Changsha                         Thai AirAsia
Chengdu                           Thai Lion Air
Chongqing                        Shandong Air
Da Nang, Vietnam             Thai Air Asia
Doha                                Qatar Airways – 4x weekly
Đồng Hới, Vietnam            Jetstar
Guangzhou                       China Southern, Thai Lion Air, Spring
Haikou, China                   Beijing Capital
Hangzhou                         Thai AirAsia
Hanoi                                Bangkok Airways, Thai Air Asia
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)  Vietjet Airways
Hong Kong                        Thai AirAsia, Cathay Dragon, Hong Kong Express
Jinghong, China                 Ruili Airlines
Kuala Lumpur                    AirAsia
Kunming, China                China Eastern, THAI, Lucky Air
Luang Prabang, Laos         Lao Airlines, Bangkok Airways
Macau                               Thai AirAsia
Mandalay, Myanmar           Bangkok Airways
Seoul                                 Korean Air
Shanghai                           China Eastern, Spring, Juneyao
Shenzhen                          Hainan Air
Singapore                          Scoot, SilkAir
Taipei                                EVA; Thai Air Asia
Wuhan, China                    Air China
Yangon, Myanmar              Bangkok Airways, Myanmar Airlines, Thai Air Asia
Xi’an, China                       Sichuan Airlines

Booking sites for Thai based airlines:

Thai Airways

Thai Smile Airways

Thai Lion Air

Thai Air Asia

Nok Air

Thai VietJet Airlines

Bangkok Airways (note that Bangkok Airways codeshares with: Qantas, Qatar Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, British Airways, China Airlines, Aeroflot, Garuda Indonesia, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, Thai Airways International, Air Berlin, Austrian, Finnair, Air Astana, Air France, KLM, and Eva Air. Of these airlines, only TG operates in its own right to Chiang Mai.)