Nobody anyone outside Europe’s green bubble really cares about the UK’s apparent decision to stop building new runways. This has nothing to do with the Paris Agreement, of course. China and India are both signatories to the accord – yet they are building 320 new airports in the next 10 years.
China To Build 216 New Airports By 2035
Airport Technology, 12 December 2019
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) aims to construct 216 new airports by 2035 to meet the growing demands for air travel.
China had a total of 234 civil airports at the end of October, and this number is likely to hit 450 by 2035. This is part of China’s ambition to become an aviation power, reported Reuters.
Data shows that demand for passenger air transportation in China will surpass the US by 2035, representing almost one-quarter of the world’s total flights.
Airports in China managed 552 million travellers last year, which is expected to grow to 720 million by 2020.
China’s current number of airports would not be able to handle this rise in passenger volume. As a result, it has plans to build additional airports to cope with the growing demand.
The primary factors for the aviation sector growth are an expanding middle-class and government policy.
India is planning to open 100 additional airports by 2024, as part of a plan to revive economic growth in Asia’s third-largest economy, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
The proposal, which includes starting 1,000 new routes connecting smaller towns and villages, was discussed at a meeting last week to review infrastructure needed by 2025, the people said, asking not to be identified as the discussion is private. Steps to start a plane-lease financing business in the country was also discussed, they said.
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February 28, 2020 at 09:37AM