China to build 136 new airports

The Chinese government will construct 136 new airports by 2025, it has been revealed.

The China Daily cited “government sources” as revealing the plans on Wednesday, saying that the new facilities would range from major international airports to regional transport hubs. The strategy is being drawn up by the country’s National Development and Reform Commission and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

At the end of 2015, China had 207 civil airports and this number is expected to increase to around 260 by 2020. Major new developments include Chengdu Tianfu International Airport and Beijing Daxing International Airport, both of which are expected to have a capacity in excess of 80 million passengers per year.

In 2015, China’s airports handled 910m passengers, but this total is expected to surge to 1.5 billion passengers by 2020 and 2.2bn by 2025.

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