[photopress:air_shanghai_hongqiao_airport_b.jpg,full,alignright]According to First Financial Daily, by 2010 when the World Expo will be held in Shanghai, five runways will be completed to form an air communication hub. Together China’s Aviation Administration and the State Development and Reform Commission have granted the permission to Hong Qiao Airport for its expansion application.
This means the airport is expected to build one more runway and tower further cementing its position as one of the key airports of China.
The project report suggests the capacity expansion is aimed to reach a final figure of 40 million passengers and about 300,000 aircraft coming and going.
The newly-constructed runway will extend to 3,300 meters, 60 meters in width; and the new tower will cover an area of 364,000 sq meters. Price is estimated to be RMB13.928 billion.
There will also be a further investment of RMB 450 billion yuan in the expansion of domestic airports.
By 2020, the number of China’s civil aviation airports will grow to 244, of which 97 will be newly-built.
Source: English People’s Daily Online