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Airport World to be media partner for Chinese airport conference

Airport World is pleased to announce that it is an official media partner of Airports Congress China 2013.

Airport World is pleased to announce that it is an official media partner of Airports Congress China 2013.

The event – hosted by the China Civil Airports Association (CCAA) and IQPC in Wuhan on March 26-28 – will discuss how the industry can work together to accommodate unprecedented growth in air passenger traffic.

Phenomenal traffic growth in China means that it needs to build more than 80 new airports and upgrade over 100 more in the next few years in order to meet future demand.

In 2011, passenger numbers at China's airports hit 620.5 million, up 10% year-on-year, while total cargo volume at those airports rose 2.5% year-on-year to 11.6 million tonnes.

“Airport upgrades and expansion are critical in managing rising passenger volume and authorities must work with engineering and construction companies to ensure successful airport development,” saysCCAA’s secretary general, Xiaoning Chen.

According to the government’s most recent five-year plan, 82 new airports will be built in China and 101 existing airports will be renovated or expanded in the next few years.

If all goes to plan, by the end of 2015, China will boast more than 230 airports capable of handling in excess of 450 million passengers per annum.

“The event is a forum for those involved in airport development to learn from existing projects and discuss how to overcome challenges such as technical risks and commercial viability of airport expansion plans,” adds Chen.

It brings together CCAA members, airport developers and planners, transport ministers and construction contractors and is expected to give an insight into how the industry will invest over 1.5 trillion Yuan to airport development and expansion in the next five years.

“Airport Congress China 2013 is the only airport development event supported by the Central Government and the civil aviation administration - we’re very proud to be involved,” enthuses Chen.

Speakers at the event will include:

• Jiaxiang LI, director, CAAC, China

• Zhiyi Dong, CEO, Beijing Capital Airport Group

• Tom J Yager, distinguished research associate, NASA

• Gordon Griffiths, assistant director Asia Pacific, IATA

• Zhanxin Qin, VP, China West Airport Group

For more information about the event, interview with speakers and more, please visit www.airportscongress.com or email

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