China aims to have 450 airports by 2035 almost doubling its current number as part of the country’s goal of becoming the world’s aviation power.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said this week according to a report by the CAAC News which is affiliated to the regulator. As of end-October this year, China had 234 civil airports.
China is expected to overtake the US as the world’s largest aviation market in the next decade as an expanding middle class and government support for the sector fuel demand for flights and airport construction.
CAAC also said it was expecting air passenger traffic will account for over a third of total traffic in the country.
Chinese carriers continue to expand their routes both domestically and internationally while air cargo carriers also grow their offerings so the need for more runways in future is of paramount importance.
Beijing is building a new megahub (pictured above) while other airports are in development across the country.