A Passenger’s Guide to Haikou International Airport (China)

Haikou Meilan International Airport is an international gateway serving Haikou, the capital of Hainan province in Southeastern China. It is the largest and busiest air field in Hainan and the 17th busiest airport in China. 

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Haikou Meilan International Airport is the busiest airport on Hainan Island. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Haikou Meilan International Airport serves the city of Haikou and the rest of Northern Hainan Island. The airport code is HAK.

Haikou is the largest city and provincial capital of Hainan, which is China’s southernmost province and largest island.

Haikou International Airport is one of two international airports in Hainan. The other is Sanya International Airport, which is located on the island’s southern coast, which is where most of Hainan’s best beaches and resort hotels are located.

Hainan Airport is the busiest airport in Hainan and the 17th  busiest airport in China, handling 22,584,815 passengers in 2017, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

Airlines and Flight Information

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Hainan Airlines Boeing 737. Photo Credit: byeangel

Haikou Mei Lan International Airport is served by more than 30 Chinese airlines, which fly to dozens of domestic travel destinations  as well as other cities in Greater China: Hong Kong, Macau, and Taipei.

Beijing Capital Airlines and Hainan Airlines also fly to several regional travel destinations in East and Southeast Asia as well as Perth and Sydney, Australia.

The following foreign air carriers serve Haikou Airport: Asiana Airlines (Korea), Cathay Dragon (Hong Kong), China Airlines (Taiwan), Far Eastern Air Transport (Taiwan), Hongkong Airlines, Jetstar Asia (Singapore), Malaysia Airlines, t’way Air (Korea),  and Tiger Air (Singapore).

Haikou International Airport is a hub for Hainan Airlines and Tianjin Airlines.

Passenger Services

Haikou Meilan International Airport has two terminals, one for domestic flights and one for international flights.

The airport has numerous food and beverage outlets including hamburger stands, coffee houses, noodle shops, and ice cream shops – the list goes on.

There are also boutiques selling everything from books to fruit, gifts, jewelry, travel accessories, garments, and other items.

Duty free shops round of the airport’s shopping options.

The airport has ATMs and foreign exchange counters. Keep in mind, however, that exchange rates are generally more favourable in town than at airports.

Ground Transportation

Haikou International Airport is served by airport buses, taxis, and high-speed rail.

  • Buses – Airport buses run between the Civil Aviation Hotel Station and the airport, making several stops along the way. Buses  run every 30 minutes from 5:30 am to 9 pm.
  • Taxis – The taxi rank is located opposite Gate 3 of the arrivals hall on the first floor. Passengers are advised to take licensed taxis only and insist that drivers use their metres. Ask for a receipt when you arrive at your hotel.
  • Railway – A high-speed railway operates between Haikou and Sanya, with 13 intermediate stops along the way. It travels along the island’s Eastern corridor. There is direct access from the airport to the railway station through Gate 2 of the arrival and departure halls.

Airport Location

Haikou Meilan International Airport is located 25 kilometres, or 16 miles, southeast of downtown Haikou.

A Passenger’s Guide to Haikou Meilan International Airport is the first in a series of passengers’ guides to Chinese airports.

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