Nanjing South Railway Station has been hard at work on the construction of a “terminal building”, designed to streamline the transit of passengers directly from the train station to their boarding gate at Nanjing International Lukou Airport .
Trial operations began on 11 December. 2018, and aims to provide passengers with “one-stop” railway-airport assistance. According to the Nanjing government, the service will include: flight inquiry, check in, table reservation, airport bus pick up and baggage drop.
The idea is for passengers to be able to check in their baggage whilst at the railway station and then go directly to the airport, pass through security into the boarding gate area without the hassle of check in at the airport.
Nanjing International Airport is increasingly busier, with more people traveling regularly, and with the holiday season fast approaching, such a service is hoped to ease airport pressure at check-in.
Passengers flying in and out of Nanjing Lukou Airport at present have the option to travel to and from by coach/shuttle bus (￥20), car rental (￥130-190), taxi (￥150-200) or the metro (￥5-7). All prices are approximate from downtown. Parking at the airport is charged dependent on length of stay.
Originally built in 1995, Nanjing Lukou International Airport is one of China’s travel hubs with an increasingly innovative perspective. The airport now supports a 144-hour visa-free policy, which enables international transit passengers from certain countries to visit Nanjing, Shanghai and the provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang, for up to 144 hours.
Nanjing Lukou International Airport carries a 4F rating, the highest available from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Annual passenger throughput exceeds 20 million passengers, while the China Post Air Express Logistics Nanjing Distribution Centre, with its Nanjing Lukou International Airport ramp, is the core of the China Post Express logistics network. The hub handles in well in excess of 100 million pieces of mail annually. China Postal Airlines operates six daily flights from Lukou, all departing late at night and in the morning’s early hours, away from the congested passenger flight schedule.