New orders for 218 aircraft needed this year will include jumbo jets and regional aircraft, said Li Jiaxiang, director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
He said China would expect 700 million passenger trips a year by 2020, and the number is likely to double by 2030.
Last year China’s passenger transportation hit 230 million trips, and cargo freight volume reached 4.46 million tons.
Li Jiaxiang said this year the two figures are estimated to grow by 12%.
Economic Times reports cargo freight volume nearly doubled in the first two months this year, which got back to the level before the global financial crisis.
CRI English.com reports that as part of the nation’s $585.7 billion stimulus package, China built and upgraded 22 airports in 2009.