Chinese airports report rise in 2011 passenger traffic

26 March 2012 (Last Updated March 26th, 2012 04:35)

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has reported a 10% rise in passenger traffic in 2011 to 620.5 million when compared to the previous year.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has reported a 10% rise in passenger traffic in 2011 to 620.5 million when compared to the previous year.

Domestic passenger contributed majority of traffic, reporting a 9.9% rise to 571.2 million compared to the previous year, while the airports in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan have contributed a 13.6% rise to 20 million passengers during the year.

Airports in China have reported a 10.5% rise in International passenger traffic to 49.4 million when compared to 2010.

Cargo volume increased 2.5% to 11.6 million t during the year, which was contributed by the domestic airports reporting a 3.9% rise to 7.5 million t while the airports in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan have reported a 0.3% rise to 693,000t during the period.

The international cargo volume rose 0.1% to 4.1 million t in 2011 when compared to 2010.

Aircraft movements rose 8.1% to 6 million when compared to the previous year of which the domestic airports have reported 8.1% rise to 5.5 million while Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan airports have reported 13.5% rise to 154,000 aircraft movements during the period.

International aircraft movements rose 8.6% to 451,000 during 2011 when compared to the previous year.

Chinese airports, with yearly passenger numbers exceeding 10 million, reached number 21, it was previously 16, and are responsible for 75.1% of the total airport passenger traffic in the country.

Airports serving more than a million annual passengers reached 53, which were previously 51 and were responsible for 95.2% of total airport traffic.

The country had 180 airports in 175 of its cities at the end of 2011, excluding Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

In addition, the airports with annual cargo volume of more than 10,000t has reached 47, which contributes to 98.6% of total airport cargo traffic.

By 2015, the country is planning to invest over CNY1.5 trillion ($238bn) in the aviation industry to meet growth in passenger demand and is expected to have more than 220 airports.