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BCIA2 will have capacity to handle 70 million
passengers a year in its rst phase of development,
which is slated for completion in December 2015.
Annual capacity will later be increased to 100-120
million, depending on growth in demand at both the
city's airports once the second development phase
gets o the ground in 2020.
e CAAC has yet to decide whether BCIA2 will
focus on handling international or domestic ights.
China currently has 175 civil airports in operation -- a
gure which is expected to increase to 210 by 2015.
China's goal is to have 300 airports in operation by
2020, with a hub in north, east, central, south-western
and north-western regions. By 2030, 95 percent of the
country's population will have access to civil airports
within 100km of their homes.
e national aviation authority will continue to
provide nancial assistance to small airports in the
country. ose small airports, categorised as those
handling less than one million passengers annually,
are losing money across the board.
Wang said the CAAC will invest signi cantly to
upgrade security systems at major airports across the
country, as part of a drive to combat the threat of
terrorism and drug tra cking.
e regulatory body has also set up a task force to
strictly monitor the quali cations of pilots to ensure
that only those suitable for the job will be hired by
"Chinese airlines hiring local and foreign pilots
have been issued with a directive to verify the
authenticity of entries made into the log book with
regards to the number of hours own," Wang said.
He added that it is the airline's responsibility to verify
claims made by candidates.
Several pilots from South America who were
hired by Chinese airlines between March 2008 and
June 2009, when China's domestic civil carriers were
expanding rapidly, were alleged to have lied on their
resumes and made false entries in their log books.
In September 2010, an audit carried by CAAC of
the log books of pilots at a Shenzhen-based budget
carrier revealed that 192 of them made false entries
of hours own. e audit was prompted a er a crash
involving a Henan Airlines Embraer ERJ190 aircra
on 24 August at Lindu Airport in Yichun city in
Heilongjiang province, which killed 42 of the 91
passengers on board.
In the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)
sector, Air China and CFM International have nally
agreed, a er three years of negotiations, to set up
an MRO joint venture. To be located in Chengdu
in Sichuan province, the company will be known
as Sichuan Ser vices Aero Engines Maintenance
Air China will hold a 60 percent stake while CFM
International will hold 40 percent. The venture
needs the Chinese government's nod before it starts
Air China is also evaluating the possibility of
how its wholly-owned Air China Engineering and
Technics (ACET) unit could be integrated with
MRO ser vice provider Ameco Beijing.
Air China has been in talks with Ameco Beijing ,
its joint venture with Lu hansa, since mid-2010,
but has yet to make a decision. Air China owns
60 percent of Ameco, while Lufthansa has the
remaining 40 percent.
ACET, which was set up in 2004, is based in
Beijing, with maintenance operations in Shanghai,
Tianjin, Hohhot, Chengdu, Hangzhou and
Chongqing. China's rapid fleet expansion will
continue to stimulate its MRO industry, which is
enjoying one of the fastest growth rates in the world.
ere are now about 390 MRO ser vice providers
in China, handling everything from the smallest
components to heavy airframe and engine
Analysts in Beijing say China's booming economy
will continue to stimulate travel demand. The
economy grew 11.5 percent in 2010 and China's
aviation industry is expected to grow in parallel.
China has overtaken Japan as the world's second-
According to the World Bank, China will overtake
the US and become the world's largest economy by
There are now some 390
MRO service providers in China.
Chinese carriers will add 290
new aircraft this year.
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