Beijing international airport has said its aims to become an international hub for the Asia-Pacific region in five years, despite the global economic slump and the aviation industry’s downturn.
The airport forecast continuous passenger throughput growth this year, at 10%, while some airlines in other countries have gone bankrupt and airports have suffered from the economic downturn and soaring oil prices.
Dong Zhiyi, general manager of the Beijing Capital International Airport said, ‘The growth this year is slower than last year (18%), but China’s aviation market is the world’s aviation development engine, and its future is prosperous.’
The airport’s deputy general manager Fan Jun told China Daily: ‘Many more airlines have come to us and expressed wishes to open new routes to Beijing.’
The airport plans to attract more transfer passengers to Beijing, joining the ranks of other international hubs in the Asia-Pacific region, such as Incheon, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong.
“Beijing’s advantages are the strong support from China’s rapidly growing economy and the pace of project completion,” the company’s deputy manager Gao Lijia