Following further discussions with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) it has now been agreed that this be postponed until a slightly later date. There are a number of industrial events and conference lined up in China during April, May and June that require participation from Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), and especially those Government Officials who will lead the AWG event from the Chinese side. The postponement will therefore allow both sides more time to prepare fully for this flagship event. We hope that this does not cause you any inconvenience. We will be in touch with those who have registered with the confirmed dates in due course.


To register for the UK-China Green Airport Workshop (Online session) on the 27 April 2021 from 07:00-10:30 (GMT) please click on the Green 'Register' button on the top right hand side of this page to receive dial in details.



The Airports Council International (ACI) World economic analysis indicates that, COVID-19 continues to impact the global aviation market and air travel, international passenger traffic may not hit 2019 levels until 2024. With the effective execution of anti-epidemic measures, COVID-19 has been much contained in China. Domestic flights have risen to slightly less than  Pre-COVID level, whereas international flights recovery remain slow due to the global pandemic and travel restrictions.

The work associated with airport infrastructure development in China keeps going on without being much affected by COVID-19. Hence, opportunities remain available to the UK supply chain in this area. China has 238 civil airports by 2019 and that number will reach to 400 by 2035 which means every year on average 10 new airports will be built.

The China Civil Aviation 14th Five Year Plan (2021-2025) is due to be announced in the first half of 2021 aiming to increase over 30 commercial airports, in which key development programmes  are as below:

·         Develop four airport clusters: Jingjinji (Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei) Airport Cluster , the Yantze River Delta Airport ClusterGreater Bay Area Airport Cluster, and Chengdu-Chongqing Airport Cluster.

·         Carry out expansion and refurbish plan for Guangzhou Airport, Shenzhen Airport, Kunming Airport, Xi’an Airport, Chongqing Airport, Urmqi Airport and Harbin International Airport.

·         Carry out relocation for brand new airports in Xiamen, Dalian and Sanya.

·         Build a number of regional airports such as Suzhou, Jiaxing, Ruijin, Qianbei, etc.


The China Civil Aviation 14th Five Year Plan will also be heavily focusing on the Four-Type Airport Initiative (Safte, Green, Smart and passenger oriented) which sets out direction for the future development of Chinese airports and a shift in emphasis towards building smarter and more sustainable airport infrastructure.



Co-hosted by the Department for International Trade (DIT), the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and the China Civil Airports Association (CCAA), is organising a UK-China Green Airport Workshop which will be held both physically in Xi’an and virtually to accommodate those UK speakers and participants who are unable to travel to China around that time. This event will form part of the DIT Airport Industry Week in China – a one-week programme of activities combined with the UK-China G2G Aviation Working Group.  The draft Agenda for the Online Workshop can be found in the attached flyer. 



You can join the meeting through the DIT’s online IT platform. i.e. ZOOM. An access link will be sent out ahead of the workshop. If you would like to participate in the UK-China Green Airport Workshop, please register on the top right hand side if this page by COP Thursday 22nd April 2021.



In parallel with this workshop, DIT will also organise other IN PERSON activities in that week in China, please see below and attached an overview for the proposed programme. The video recording of the workshop, presentations from the Chinese side and the airport contact list will be shared with UK participants (virtually and physically) after the event.

Target Chinese Airports for the in country mission include Xi’an Xianyang International Airport, Changsha Huanghua International Airport, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport.

Due to the pandemic and international travel restriction, we suggest UK companies to leverage your local resource and encourage representatives based in the region to participate the event physically. This is limited to 2 representatives per company.

Further information on the wider programme and how to register can be found attached:  UK-China Green Airport Workshop Flyer and Registration Form Final .pdf (386 KB)