China plans to invest $12bn to build new airports

11 January 2016 (Last Updated January 11th, 2016 18:30)

China plans to invest around $12bn this year for the development of its civil aviation infrastructure, particularly to build airports, in an effort to order to boost its declining economy.

China plans to invest around $12bn this year for the development of its civil aviation infrastructure, particularly to build airports, in an effort to order to boost its declining economy.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China will see through the construction of new airports in China, including those in Beijing, Xiamen, Chengdu, Dalian and Qingdao, reported Press Trust of India (PTI).

Around 11 key infrastructure projects and 52 expansion projects on civil aviation facilities are to be undertaken this year.

"Around 11 key infrastructure projects and 52 expansion projects on civil aviation facilities are to be undertaken this year."

The construction work of Beijing's second airport is progressing well. It is being built with an investment of $13.1bn and is slated to be completed in June and become operational in December 2019.

The terminal work and construction of the traffic control facilities began in September 2015 and the construction of support facilities is expected to start in June 2016.

The civil aviation agency will work in collaboration with National Development and Reform Commission to come up with a blueprint this year on the locations where new civil airports will be constructed before 2030.

According to the deputy director at the administration Dong Zhiyi, China plans to build 66 new civil airports on the Chinese mainland in the next five years, increasing the number of such airports from 206 to 272, reported PTI.

More than four billion trips were made to domestic locations in 2015, whereas 120 million trips were made abroad, which shows an increase of 16% year-on-year.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China said 440 million trips by air were made by Chinese last year and expected this figure to touch 485 million this year.

The administration also stated that the country will help domestic and overseas airlines to start over 200 new international routes this year.