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Cities across China look to build new airports
Published on: 2022-01-07
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Several cities across China are welcoming a new round of airport construction projects in the new year. The projects range from airport expansion to new airport construction, spanning from South to East China, as cities look beyond the pressure generated by the ongoing pandemic.
 

The fourth phase of the Shanghai Pudong International Airport expansion project formally began on Tuesday. After completion, the airport is forecast to be capabable of facilitating annual passenger throughput of 130 million passengers in 2030, and become a global benchmark for international aviation.
 

Also on Tuesday, Xiamen in East China's Fujian Province, launched its new airport construction project in Xiang'an. In total, eight projects started construction at the same time in Xiang'an, representing total investment of 62 billion yuan ($9.76 billion), covering aviation, infrastructure and socially-focused projects.
 

In terms of the airport, authorities in Fujian forecast the take off and landing of up to 380,000 flights per year, with an annual passenger throughput of 45 million, in addition to an annual cargo throughput of 750,000 tons.
 

Also on Tuesday, four key engineering projects including the No. 1 freight forwarding depot within South China's Shenzhen airport intestified their work schedule, backed with a total investment of approximately 1.2 billion yuan.
 

Work across all these projects continues unabated despite the pandemic, with the government committing during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-25) to adding more than 30 civil aviation airport facilities with a targeted capacity of 2 billion passengers.
 

Those projects cover key aviation markets including East China's Shanghai and Xiamen, South China's Guangzhou and Shenzhen, Northwest China's Xi'an and Urumqi, Southwest China's Chongqing, Central China's Changsha and North China's Hohhot.
 

Market watchers said that in the past 10 years, airports with sufficient flow of people have been built one after another, leading to a declining demand for the construction of large airports. Smaller, so-called branch airports are now the focus of China's next round of civil aviation infrastructure investment.
 

According to the map released by the government, the total number of national civil airports will reach about 400 by 2035, up from 241 in 2020, which means that during the next 15 years, China will add more than 150 airports, at an average of 10 new airports each year.

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