All of this is listed in the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) latest airport development plan.
According to the plan, which covers the years up to 2020, the number of airports nationwide will increase to 192 by 2010, and to 244 by 2020.
At the end of 2006, there were 147, including 45 used for both civilian and military purposes.
This means 82 in every 100 people – who contribute 96% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) – will live within 100 km, or 90 minutes’ drive, from an airport by 2020.
At present, only 61% of people -Â who contribute 82% of GDP -Â live within this range.
The CAAC said the new airports will cost an estimated total of RMB450 billion ($64 billion).
The CAAC predicts passenger traffic will grow by 11.4% annually from now until 2020, during which time freight traffic will increase by 14% a year. More on this HERE.
Source: English People’s Daily Online