Guangzhou Airport Guide to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)

Guangzhou Airport Terminals

Guangzhou International Airport was opened on 2004 to replace the former airport with the same name which was closed after 72 years of service.



With the completion of Terminal 2 in 2018, the passenger capacity of Guangzhou Airport has risen to 80 million passengers annually.

Guangzhou Airport consist of two passengers terminals: Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

Keep reading for more insights about the terminals at Guangzhou Airport:


Guangzhou Airport Terminal 1

Guangzhou Airport Terminal 1 has three diferent areas, the Main Terminal, Area A and Area B.

It mainly serves international flights, whilst some domestic services are also hosted in the terminal.

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Guangzhou Airport Terminal 2

Guangzhou Airport Terminal 2 is the new terminal of Guangzhou Airport.

Aside of serving international and domestic flights, Terminal 2 is the main hub of China Southern Airlines and its partners.

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About the name

Guangzhou International Airport was named after the Baiyun Mountain, which means “white cloud” in Chinese, and is closer to downtown than the airport itself. It was also used in order to distinguish the new airport from the old one.

Transfer between flights

To transfer from an international to a domestic flight, first you need to get through the health and immigration check, then claim your baggage. After that, clear the Customs inspection and finally get to the transfer desk and clear the security check. You’ll have to wait in the Departures Hall to board your flight.

To transfer from a domestic to an international flight, first pick up your baggage, clear both health and custom inspection, then go to the transfer desk and finally clear immigration and security check to wait in Departures Hall to board your flight.

To transfer from an international flight to another international flight / from a domestic flight to another domestic flight: For both cases, go to the Transfer Desk and then wait in Departures Hall to board your flight.


Present and future

In 2008, there was approved the airport’s expansion plan, which comprised the construction of a third runway, a new terminal, Terminal 2, of 531,000 square metres, as well as indoor and outdoor car park. Regarding transport, a Transportation Centre including metro and inter-city railway are also included.

The expansion won’t be totally completed till 2022, when five runways and Terminal 3 will be incorporated to the airport. Then, the airport’s capacity will rise up from 80 million passengers to 100 million yearly.