Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport serves the Guangdong province of the People’s Republic of China under the airport code CAN. The busy airport serves as a primary hub of operations for China Southern Airlines and as a cargo hub for FedEx Express.
China Southern Airlines ranks in the top 10 airlines in the world based on passenger counts and is Asia’s busiest airline. The airline resulted from a breakup of the air services operated by the Civil Aviation Administration of China in 1988. The resulting company is still operated by the Civil Aviation Administration although it has grown dramatically including purchasing a number of other Asian airlines. The airlines fleet of nearly 400 aircraft is considered the largest operating in Asia. The airline is noted for operating the largest and most advanced aircraft available. Flights by Chinese Southern Airlines from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport serve nearly 100 destinations in Asia with limited service to Europe, Australia, and North America.
FedEx Express has operated an extensive hub for all its Asian operations at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport since 2005 when it moved the operation from the Philippines. From the hub, FedEx operates aircraft to all major Asian airports for express and airfreight deliveries across the continent. While FedEx Express is the largest airfreight operator at the airport, China Southern Airlines also operates cargo operations to Europe and America while UPS Airlines serves America, Asia and Australia from the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.
The other Chinese airlines are also represented at the airport with more limited schedules. Air China, Beijing Capital, and China Eastern all offer domestic flights from the airport. Shenzhen Airlines operates a considerable flight schedule from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport although it utilizes another regional airport as a hub. This carrier provides primarily budget domestic flight operations utilizing older jet aircraft to a variety of cities in the People’s Republic of China.
In addition, a number of international flag carriers offer single destination service to hubs around the world. For example, Turkish Airlines flies to Istanbul, Malaysia Airlines offers service to Kuala Lumpur and Air France operates a route to Paris.