China is all out to build at least 216 new airports by 2035 to meet the growing demands for air travel.
Reports claim that the Civil Aviation Administration of China aims to construct 216 new airports by 2035 to meet the growing demands for air travel.
China had a total of 234 civil airports at the end of October, and this number is likely to reach 450 by 2035. This is part of China’s ambition to become an aviation power, reported agencies.
China has claimed, according to reports that data shows demand for passenger air transportation in China will surpass the US by 2035, representing almost one-quarter of the world’s total flights.
Airports in China managed 552 million travellers last year, which is expected to grow to 720 million by 2020.
With one billion new passengers and 1.6 billion total passenger traffic in the next two decades, China is set to become the largest driver of the global aviation industry, according to reports quoting International Air Transport Association.
With great market potential and the consumption upgrade trend, China is driving development of international aviation in the Asia-Pacific, and the country is expected to maintain its steady growth in the next two decades, surpassing the US to occupy the top spot in the global aviation industry, IATA was quoted as saying.
More than half of new passengers are expected to come from the Asia-Pacific, report pointed out, thanks to stable economic growth and rising household income.
The reports also stated that among all the nations in this region, China will become the country with fastest growing aviation market in the next 20 years, due to its prospective one billion new passengers and 1.6 billion total passenger traffic.
Driven by China’s expected annual five per cent growth, the Asia-Pacific will become an important impetus for international aviation industry.