Major airlines that fly domestically within China
Air China is the national carrier of China and one of the most well-connected airlines' in China overall.
The airline is based at Beijing-Capital International Airport from which it flies to over 70 different domestic destinations. Air China also has a secondary base at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport from which it flies to over 60 domestic destinations. Air China covers most areas of China, flying to 28 of its 34 provinces/regions.
It's main focus cities are Chongqing, Hangzhou, Hohhot, Shenzhen, Tianjin and Wuhan. Along with its two hubs, these are the cities that it has most connections to.
China Eastern Airlines
Along with Air China and China Southern, China Eastern is one of the 'big three' chinese airlines, which is partly owned by the Chinese government. The airline has airport hubs at Shanghai-Pudong, Shanghai-Hongqiao, Kunming and Xi'an. Although China Eastern flies to many destinations across China, as its name states, the airline has a stronger focus on the eastern regions in China.
The airline has a strong focus on the cities of Chengdu, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Hefei, Hong Kong, Lanzhou Nanchang, Nanjing, Ningbo, Taiyuan, Wuhan and Yantai.
Overall, China Eastern flies internally to 30 different provinces/regions within the country.
China Southern Airlines
China Southern Airlines is another state-owned airline and one of the 'big three' airlines of China. Much like China Eastern, the airline has a stronger focus on the 'southern' part of its name, with its base at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. However, the airline also has a hub at Beijing-Capital International Airport and offers internal flights across the whole of China.
China Southern's domestic focus cities include Changchun, Chengdu, Changsha, Chongqing, Dalian, Guiyang, Haikou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Ürümqi.
China Southern flies to 28 of China's provinces/regions. Book flights to Xinjiang and fly with China Southern.
Hainan Airlines is the biggest airline in China that is completely independent of the Chinese government. Hainan Airlines is based at Haikou Meilan International Airport from which it flies to over 40 domestic destinations. It also has bases at Beijing Capital International Airport and Xi'an Xianyang International Airport.
The airline flies domestically to 27 of the provinces/regions within China and competes on some of the major of the domestic destinations that the 'big three' flies to. Its focus cities include Changsha, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Sanya, Shenzhen, Taiyuan and Ürümqi.
The airline has a number of part-owned and fully-owned subsidiaries, including Air Chang'an, Beijing Capital, Fuzhou Airlines, Grand China Air, Lucky Air, Tianjin Airlines and Urumqi Airlines. Along with its subsidiaries, Hainan Airlines covers all major locations in China.
Shandong Airlines is a Chinese airline that offers both domestic and international flights from its bases at Jinan International Airport and Qingdao International Airport and has a strong domestic flight network. The airline flies to over 40 domestic destinations from Jinan and to over 40 domestic destinations from Qingdao.
The airline is partly-owned by Air China and has a strategic partnership with the airline as to avoid conflicting routes. For example, from its two hub airports, Shandong Airlines doesn't operate to any destinations in west China, which is an area that Air China has covered.
Shanghai Airlines is a Chinese airline that is based in Shanghai, with hubs at both Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The airline offers over 40 domestic flights from Shanghai Hongqiao and more than 40 destinations from Shanghai Pudong.
The airline flies to 27 of the provinces/regions in China overall.
Shanghai Airlines is a fully-owned subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines. The airline was acquired by China Eastern in 2011, with the merger designed to combine the two Shanghai-based airlines routes and give greater competition to other big Chinese airlines in the domestic market.
Shenzhen Airlines is a Chinese airline that is based at Shenzhen International Airport. The airline operates to over 50 domestic destinations from its hub, with more than 130 airport pairings across the whole of China.
The airline is one of the better domestically connected airlines in China, with flights to 29 of the provinces/regions in China.
Shenzhen Airlines has secondary bases in Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shenyang, Wuxi, Xi'an, Zhengzhou and Chengdu.
Sichuan Airlines is a Chinese airline that's hub airport is located at Chengdu. The airline is the main airline in western China and is a good choice if looking for a well-known airline that travels to or around western China, as it flies to at least one destination in each of the Xinjiang, Tibet, Gansu and Qinghai provinces.
However, the majority of its routes fly outside of western China, with over 60 domestic connections from its hub airport in the Sichuan province.
Overall, Sichuan Airlines flies internally to 29 of China's provinces/regions.
XiamenAir is a Chinese airline with both a domestic and international route network. The airline is based out of Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, from where it flies to over 50 domestic destinations.
The airline is partially owned by China Southern Airlines and holds a stake in Hebei Airlines and Jiangxi Airlines, where it works with all three airlines as to avoid conflicts in their schedules.
Overall, XiamenAir flies to over 29 of the provinces/regions in the country.
All airlines that fly domestically within China
Below is a table of all Chinese airlines that are available at Alternative Airlines and which province they're based in.