Xīn Lóng Layout
Xīn Lóng International is built on a piece of MDF that measures 60 x 120cm (2ft x 4ft) and consists of two piers joined by a central terminal with adjacent taxiways. The left pier in the picture above is called the 'West Pier' and the right hand pier is the 'East Pier'. Each pier has the standard layout seen at many airports worldwide whereby the larger widebody gates are on the outside of the pier and the smaller narrowbody gates are on the inside of the piers.
The East Pier
The East Pier is the larger of the two and consists of 7 contact gates (3 widebody and 4 narrowbody). The gates are numbered from 06-12. Gates 6-7 are Category III / C (FAA / ICAO) gates capable of fitting 737 and A320 family aircraft. Gates 8-9 are also Category III / C but can additionally fit aircraft up to 757 size. Gate 10 is a Category VI / F size gate capable of fitting the largest aircraft in service like the Airbus A380. Gates 11 and 12 are slightly smaller Category V / E size capable of fitting other large widebodies such as the 777-300ER and A340-600. All three widebody gates are served by dual airbridges.
The West Pier
The West Pier is slightly smaller than the East and consists of 5 or 6 gates numbered 01-05. Depending on how gate 2 is utilised the pier can serve either 2 widebody and 3 narrowbody aircraft or 1 widebody and 5 narrowbody aircraft. Gate 1 is a Category V / E size capable of fitting large widebodies such as the 777-300ER and A340-600. Gate 2 is a Category VI / F size gate capable of fitting the largest aircraft in service like the Airbus A380. Instead of being used for a widebody it can insteadbe reconfigured as 2 Category III / C gates capable of handling up to Boeing 757 aircraft. When in dual configuration as gates 2a and 2b only one gate is served by the airbridge. Gates 3-5 are Category III / C (FAA / ICAO) gates capable of fitting 737 and A320 family aircraft.