China is planning to build over 200 new airports by the year 2035, almost doubling its current number.
Here in the UK we’ve been debating whether to build another runway at Heathrow for about 20 years.
But China is planning to build over 200 new airports by the year 2035, almost doubling its current number.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) published a development report on Monday that aims to add 216 new airports by 2035 and develop a number of regional transport hubs.
According to the CAAC, China had 234 civil airports as of October this year and is expected to have around 450 by 2035, China Daily reports.
Further, the demand for passenger transport in China will account for a quarter of the world’s total and exceed that of the US by 2035, making China the largest air passenger market in the world.
According to this report, a new airport will open in Beijing next year that will be the largest in the world.
Previously, a figure of 136 new airports by 2025 had been quoted.
Note that the vague INDC submitted by China for the Paris Agreement included the action “To achieve the peaking of carbon dioxide emissions around 2030”. How that is consistent with 200 new airports by 2035 isn’t clear.