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82 new airports planned for China

The Civil Aviation Administration in China has announced plans to construct 82 new airports and redevelop 105 existing aviation facilities in the next five years, bringing the country’s total number of airports to 230.

A marked financial loss was recorded in a high number of China’s regional airports however Huang Min, director of the infrastructure department under the National Development and Reform Commission said Friday: “We believe the reason money is being lost is because China has too few airports.”

Many of the newly constructed airports are also planned for regional areas with the authorities suggesting that approximately 80% of the Chinese population will live within 100 kilometers of an airport by 2015. The aviation market is growing rapidly and China is aiming to cash in on this profitable sector.

Director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, Li Jiaxiang commented: “The plan must consider future development space and not waste money on useless infrastructure.”

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