The Qingdao Liuting International Airport is Qingdao’s main civil airport. It is located in Chengyang about a 45 minute drive from downtown Qingdao, depending on traffic – going by Highway 308 can shorten the trip a bit if there’s no traffic jams while the Qing-Yin Expressway makes for about an hour trek from Qingdao’s CBD. The airport was expanded in 2006 partially in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and also to accommodate the rapid growth and projected increase in cargo and passenger volume. The design for the new airport expansion was done by the Australian firm Woodhead, an award winning company who have designed airports in Singapore and Sydney.
The IATA 3 letter airport code for Liuting Airport is TAO, reflecting the former spelling of Qingdao as Tsingtao which still appears on Qingdao’s greatest export, Tsingtao Beer. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) ID of the airport is ZSQD, which stands for Zhongguo Shandong Qing Dao.
Statistics from JCDecaux website show that passengers are mostly Chinese – 87% on domestic flights and 50% on international flights. Total passenger volume in 2010 was 11 million, up from 9.8 million in 2009, with a projected record breaking figure of 12 million in 2011.