Gao Yuanyang, a professor at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, also sees new airports as being pivotal to China’s ongoing drive to improve logistical connections between China’s growing cities. “As far as I can tell, the investment in new airports will have a positive effect on air traffic volume in the short term,” he said. “New airports will help force airlines to open up more routes at competitive prices. This is important for lower-tier cities in the west of the country where high-speed rail doesn’t operate.”
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