Diao Yonghai, deputy director general of the airport department under the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC), has said China will construct 60 airports in the next three years, bringing the total to 205 by 2010.
He told the second annual summit on airports in Beijing that the northeast and western regions would be given priority for expansion and building of new airports.
Diao Yonghai said, ‘By the end of 2010 there will be 205 airports — three large airports at the air hubs in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, eight more large airports, 40 medium-sized airports and 154 small airports, including feeder airports.’
According to a Boeing company forecast in 2005, China’s airline operators will spend US$280 billion to purchase 2,900 new aircraft over the next 20 years. China last year signed an agreement for the purchase of 60 Boeing 787 Dreamliners for $7.2 billion, based on average list prices. The aircraft will be delivered to six Chinese carriers — Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and Xiamen Airlines — in time for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Source: CargoNews Asia
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