Beijing plannning to invest $11.7bn in Chinese airports to meet rising demand

Chinese airports: The authorities in Beijing are gearing up to  to invest $11.7bn in the country’s civil aviation infrastructure this year, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) announced this week. Building at the sites of several new airports will begin in the next 12 months,  along with the  expanstion of existing ones in Beijing, Dalian, Qingdao, Chengdu and Xiamen. Overall, 2017  will see work begin on 11 key infrastructure projects and 52 upgrades or expansion work on civil aviation facilities, it said. The construction of  Beijing’s second international airport was also well under way and is on schedule to be operational by December 2019.
The CAAC also confirmed that it is to work together with the economic planners at the China’s  National Development and Reform Commission to draw up a list of the locations of all new civil airports to be built before 2032. 66 new civil airports are scheduled  to be built in the next five years, bringing the number of airports on the Chinese mainland up from 206 to 272.
The National Tourism Administration said that Chinese travellers have made more than 4 billion trips to domestic destinations last year, with 120 million trips abroad, a year-on-year increase of 16%. As well as building new airports, the government is planning to increase the number of international air routes in China to meet rising demand for overseas travel. CAAC director Li Jiaxiangsaid that the agency would also be helping domestic and foreign airlines to open more than 200 new international routes this 2016.

Source: yibada