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Chiang Mai International Airport


Chiang Mai International Airport (IATA code: CNX) is an international airport which serves Chiang Mai, the capital city of Chiang Mai Province in Thailand. The airport is an important gateway to Northern Thailand and receives over 130 flights a week from destinations including Bangkok, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Myanmar and Laos. The airport is a hub for the national carrier Thai Airways and Thai AirAsia.



The airport is conveniently located, just a 10 minute drive to central Chian Mai.



Facilities Include:


Banking and Currency Exchange

ATMs and currency exchange offices can be found throughout the terminals of the airport.


Information offices are located in each terminal in the public area.

Prayer Rooms

A room for Buddhist monks is located on the first floor where the Arrivals and Departures terminals connect. There is also a separate prayer room for Muslims, located near to the one for Buddhists.


WiFi is available throughout the terminal buildings. The first 120 minutes is free. 


There are around 10 units which offer shopping opportunities, within the public and Airside areas of the terminals. The units sell jewellery and fashion accessories, as well as woodcarvings, silk clothing, and the Bo Sang fans, toys and dolls that Chiang mai is renowned for. A couple of additional outlets sell local delicacies in sealed packages, allowing visitors to take them home with them. Examples include keb moo crispy pork, Doi Mae Salong tea, dried and preserved mangoes and locally grown Arabica coffee beans.


There is a range of eating facilities, including a Noodle House, Burger King, McDonald’s and Subway Sandwiches.

Spa and Massage

Massage and other wellness treatments for passengers are available at three locations. There is one each in the Departure areas and another in international Arrivals.


Lounges Include:

Bangkok Airways Blue Ribbon Lounge: Open 4.30am to 10pm and available to Bangkok Airways passengers with a priority pass. Located in the Domestic Terminal, Airside, 2nd Floor. Facilities include free drinks (including alcoholic), flight monitors, WiFi, free snacks, TV, newspapers and magazines.

Coral Executive Lounge: Open 6am to 12am. Located in the International Terminal, Airside, 2nd Floor. Facilities include free drinks (including alcoholic), flight monitors, WiFi, free snacks, TV, newspapers and magazines, air con, showers (for a fee) and telephones (fees apply). 



The airport has one runway, 18/36, which has an asphalt surface measuring 3,100 by 45 metres.



The airport has two terminal buildings, one for domestic passengers and the other for international flights. The two passenger terminals are connected. Domestic is the northernmost of the two. In both terminals, the check-in desks and Arrivals are on the ground floor. The gates for Departures are on the first floor. The terminals offer a full collection of services and facilities.

Airlines that fly to Chiang Mai International Airport



Airline 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
Spring Airlines Guangzhou, Shanghai–Pudong
Thai AirAsia Bangkok–Don Mueang, Changsha, Da Nang, Hangzhou, Hanoi, Hat Yai, Hong Kong, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Macau, Nanchang, Quanzhou, Pattaya–U–Tapao, Phuket, Sanya, Shenzhen, Surat Thani, Taipei–Taoyuan
Seasonal: Beijing–Capital
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Thai Lion Air Bangkok–Don Mueang, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Pattaya–U–Tapao Charter: Nanjing
Thai Smile Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Phuket
Thai Vietjet Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
VietJet Air Ho Chi Minh City

Top Destinations


Busiest International Routes (2018)


Rank Destination Passengers
1 Hong Kong 351,784
2 Shanghai-Pudong 293,268
3 Kuala Lumpur–International 226,876
4 Guangzhou 132,492
5 Chengdu 127,708


Busiest Domestic Routes (2018)


Rank Destination Passengers
1 Bangkok–Don Mueang 3,858,517
2 Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi 1,978,858
3 Phuket 460,054
4 Krabi 217,851
5 Hat Yai 183,234

How to get to Chiang Mai International Airport


By Taxi

There are two taxi kiosks in the terminals, which provide taxis to downtown Chiang Mai, and other locations. Fares are fixed and passengers know what they will pay at the airport counter. Tuktuk drivers (which operate from the the city) are also allowed to drop passengers off at the airport, but not to pick up passengers.

By Bus

The Airport City Link is a new service, having launced in 2018, and operates a circular route from Chiang Mai Airport (both clockwise and anti-clockwise). The bus stops are top destinations in the city, including Nimmanhaemin Road, Kad Suan Kaew, the Three Kings‘ Statue, Thapae Gate, the Night Bazaar, Anusarn Market and Wua Lai Road.

The bus departure stop can be found near the north end of the terminal and operates between 06:00 and 23:30 (daily) with departures every 20 minutes. The bus costs a flat fare of 20 Baht ($0.65USD) to all stops.

There are also shared minibus taxis (known locally as songthaews) that are available outside the terminal building, and will take you to your destination for 40 Baht ($1.30USD) - you can have the whole minibus for 200 Baht ($6.52USD). 

By Rental Car

Car hire is provided by Avis, Budget, Europcar, Sixt and several local suppliers.

By Car

From the city, take route 4032 before joining route 1141, and follow the signs to the airport. The airport car park has spaces for 440 cars and parking rates are charged by the hour. If your car is left in the car park for more than three hours, the daily rate will apply.

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