The Three Gorges (Sanxia) Airport has received regulatory approval from several agencies for regularly scheduled international flights, Xinhua reported.
The airport has invested about 100 million yuan (US$13.3 million) to upgrade its infrastructure. An international hall measuring 3,600 sqm and 3.58 km of roads and runways have been completed. Offices and staff dormitories are to be finished by the end of this year, the report said.
Regular flights to South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are planned to start next year.
The Three Gorges Airport opened in 1997, with 26 passenger routes to various cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Shenzhen launched to date.
The airport is estimated to receive about 600,000 passengers this year, of whom 50,000 would be foreign nationals, an airport official was quoted saying.