Sanya Phoenix International Airport Passenger Reviews and Traveller Reports
SANYA AIRPORT customer review : 6 August 2012 by Esther Ng (Singapore)|
Rating : 3/10
Sanya International Flights Terminal. Flight got delayed and had to wait at the airport with no aircon and fan.
Very warm during hot season. No other food except for KFC which does not serve pre-cooked food. Have to wait
for at least 30-40 minutes for food to be cooked. Souvenir shops are closed and they are only open when
nearing flight timing. It is like a deserted airport with no proper facilities. Only toilets are air-conditioned.
SANYA AIRPORT review : 13 March 2009 : by R Pontida
Customer Rating : 4/5
No real problem with the airport. As with most chinese airports, it's rather recent, with
pretty efficient baggage claim. It's also relatively close to the city (ab 15 km), which means
there are cheap (and crowded) regular buses, and taxi will cost you maybe 50 yuan (5 €). But
what I really love is the waiting area outside.
Sanya Airport by Y Leung
1 November 2007 Customer Rating : n/a
The new international wing of the Sanya Phoenix Airport is clean, efficient and hygienic, with good
toilets. No jetways are available in the international section though in the domestic section there
are four. Passengers need to be bussed to the plane. The whole building is constructed with wood with
high ceiling and no air conditioning is needed. The whole place has a tropical theme not seen
elsewhere in China.
Sanya Airport by Florian Schultz-Wild
15 May 2005 Customer Rating : n/a
Get off the plane and walk to the arrivals hall - no sky-bridge and no
buses. It was only a five minute walk, but even so the luggage was
already on the belt.
If it wasn't for the "greeters" from hotels and other drivers, the
arrival hall would be empty. No information stand, no sign boards, no
telephone... but there IS a bus to downtown Sanya. Being such a popular
holiday resort and proud three-time host of the Miss World Competition,
I had expected at least half decent toilets at the airport. Far from it
and to be avoided! No paper, no soap but a smell that can guide you from
any corner of the arrival hall.
During peak season such as May Holiday, they have probably 2-3,000
people leaving within one hour. But there are less than 100 trollys.
Many flights are after 9PM, check out time in mot hotels is noon. Many
tourists spend the last three or four hours at the airport! So the few
trollys are quickly snapped up and kept for hours by those arriving
early and leaving late. On the other hand, it's really only a short way
from the car to the check-in counter.
The waiting area is definitely too small for this peak-travel season,
both before and after security check. Best to arrive no more than 45 min
before departure and get straight on the plane. The selection of
products/souveniers sold at the airport is meagre compared to anywhere
else in Sanya - and more expensive. By the way, the beach is so good -
Airport by Harry Tsui
Sanya Phoenix Airport is a small and efficient airport serving mostly tourists going to the
Hawaiian-like Yayong Bay resorts. The airport is close to the city center with about 20 minutes
ride. It takes about 45 minutes to go to Yalong Bay. Once you arrive at the airport, it takes very
short time to go to the exit gate. But when you are exiting, there are so many people there waiting
for you, especially the taxi drivers. You have to negotiate the price before getting on the taxi.
To avoid any confusion you should contact your resort before coming to Sanya. Most hotels would
have their own hotel transportation at around $120 yuans for Yalong Bay bound trip unless you are
are local Chinese who knows about all the tricks. Taxi drivers there are usually contract drivers.
They take you around the area for sightseeing and shopping. It costs around $300 yuans for a day's
tour. Most of them are friendly people who just want to make a living. Local transportation are
almost non-existence. The city center is like a war-torned zone. Instead of shopping around the
main streets (nothing to find anyway), try to go inside the food market on the back streets. I
tried the noodles there ($2 yuan) and they were tasty. But personal security is a main concern.
When departing, Sanya airport has a nice departure hall on the second floor. It is well lighted
with natural light. The big plus is the nice shops there. They sell many local items like the
yellow chilli and coconut products. Prices are only a bit more than the local market. Those are
very nice as the gift items. Overall, the airport itself is very clean and efficient. The only
draw back is the airport connections between the airport and the city center, as well as the famous
Yalong Bay. If they can either open the routes for competition or set one up by the airport or the
city itself, it will make Sanya even a better resort designation!
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