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Construction of general aviation airports to soar in East China

 

A further 168 general aviation airports are to be built in East China to meet a growing demand for private jets and small business planes, with the first earmarked for Shanghai.

A further 168 general aviation airports are to be built in East China to meet a growing demand for private jets and small business planes, with the first earmarked for Shanghai.

 

There are currently more than 90 general aviation airports throughout China, and 168 more are expected to be built within the next five years.

 

This boom in construction is intended to meet the growing number of general aviation aircraft in the area.

 

According to the 2010 China General Aviation Development Report, the number of general aviation aircraft in China is expected to double in the next five years to hit 2,031 by 2015.

 

The first new airport is likely to be built in Shanghai's Fengxian district to serve the area’s private and business jets, and will have a helicopter pad and a one kilometre long runway.

 

Speaking at a conference in Beijing to mark the release of the report, Wang Xia, a spokesman for the China General Aviation Association (CGAA), said: "In recent years we've seen a growing demand for general aviation flights, which the existing two airports, Pudong and Hongqiao, don't offer.

 

“The construction of general aviation airports has come on to the agenda."

 

Details about the airport's investment and exact location are not yet available, however Wang added: "Whether it will end up in Fengxian district or not, we will have to first complete our research and wait for final approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China."

 

Fengxian, the southeastern district 40 kilometres from downtown Shanghai, is likely to get the first airport because it is close to the sea and adjacent to Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces.

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