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AeroTime takes a look at airport construction in China and how the proposals are set to help it take the title of world’s largest passenger market from the United States.
According to data from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), China boasted 241 certified transport airports at the end of 2020. During that year, 114 airport projects were either started or continued.
The total number of airports at the end of 2020 was 58 more than China had just eight years earlier, in 2012. That is equivalent to around seven new airports being opened each year.
The pace is not letting up. In fact, it is increasing. According to plans released in February 2021, China is aiming to have 400 civilian transport airports by the end of 2035, or an increase of 150 compared with the number at the end of 2020.