BEIJING: According to the CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China), it will invest about US$11.7 billion this year. The administration department of China set out the proposal to invest on new airports, including those in Beijing, Chengdu, Qingdao, Xiamen and Dalian. In addition, 11 new infrastructure projects and 52 upgrades work will be in action.
The agency highlighted their ongoing expansion work on Beijing’s second international airport, the largest construction project in Chinese civil aviation history, is progressing well. The scheduled completion is on Jun 2019 and will be operational in December of that year. In addition, China plans to build 66 new civil airports in the next five years, raising the number of airports on the Chinese mainland from 206 to 272.
The agency’s decision is directly related to the rising air travel in China. According to the report presented by National Tourism Administration, Chinese travelers made more than four billion trips to domestic destinations last year. They also boarded 120 million trips abroad, an increase of about 16 percent every year.