[photopress:air_smalll_airport_1.JPG,full,alignright]China plans to build 97 new airports by 2020. China’s General Administration of Civil Aviation said the $89 billion undertaking over the next 12 years will bring the total number of civilian airports in China to 244, up from 147 in 2006.
The new airports will be built in five main regions of the country – north, east, south-central, south-western and north-western.
When the expansion is complete, it would mean that 82 percent of China’s population – expected to hit 1.45 billion people by 2020 – would be living within 100km – or a 90-minute drive – of an airport.
Currently, about 60% of the popularion lives with this range.
China’s air passenger volume rose by 15.3% to 51.9 million in the third quarter of 2007, and air freight volume increased by 11.5% to 1.05 million tons.
Source: CargoNews Asia and