[photopress:zones_airport_hangzhou_01_580.jpg,full,alignright]China has embraced a new airport cities concept by setting a five-year plan in motion to develop all types of commercial space inside and outside the airport’s fences. The buildings are an offshoot of its annual growth in passenger and cargo traffic.
China is leading the world in the development of airport cities, with 15 in various stages of planning as support for an aeronautical pipeline calling for 95 additional airports by 2020 for the existing base of 149 facilities
Ping Wang, co-founder and EVP of Washington, DC-based Garfinkle & Wang Associates, and the general manager of GCW in Beijin gaid seven of the country’s existing airports, which include shared facilities with the military, are supporting 70% of the country’s annual passenger and cargo traffic.
The country is caught in an infrastructure race to build roads and high-speed rail to support office, retail, logistics, manufacturing and residential development, all airport-anchored and related. Ping Wang said, ‘The airport city program fits the People’s Republic of China’s airports extremely well.