Home' Asian Aviation : AAV May 2011 Contents China plans to invest 282.85 billion yuan (US$43 billion) over the next
five years to build 45 new regional airports as part of a plan to improve
infrastructure and connections to less-developed regions. The investment
will go ahead despite the fact that 130 of the country's 175 airports are
now in the red.
Most of the facilities to be built will be domestic or regional airports,
including one in the Takla Makan Desert in the Xinjiang Uygur
Autonomous Region. The site is located 500km from Korla, the second
largest city in the region.
According to Li Jiaxiang, director of the Civil Aviation Administration of
China (CAAC), the existing airports' losses will not deter the government
from building more. "These airports are needed as Chinese airlines
expand their services, to operate to more destinations within the country
to serve the people, and [their construction] should not be profit-driven,"
Li adds that regional airports in China, have brought substantial
economic and social benefits to local communities. He cites the example
of Huai'an Airport in Jiangsu province, which has helped attracted 61
foreign investors to set up operations there.
Last year, China's 130 unprofitable airports suffered a combined loss of
1.68 billion yuan. Most of the airports have capacity to handle between
one and five million passengers a year.
"The CAAC will continue to provide regional and domestic airports
that are in the red with funding, as they are instrumental in developing
regional economies," Li noted.
The aviation authority handed out 6.67 billion yuan in financial aid to
loss-making regional airports between 2006 and 2010. The government
built 33 new facilities during this period, while another 70 were
China expects to have 220 airports operating by 2015, 10 more than
previously planned, increasing to 300 by 2030. -- William Dennis
China to build 45 more airports, despite losses
Most of China's 175 airports were unprofitable in 2010.
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