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China aviation poised for rapid expansion globally

China will remain as one of the world’s fastest growing aviation markets supported by continuing growth in consumption demand and aviation facilities, according to an industry conference in Guangzhou yesterday.

China will have more than 130 new airports by 2025, which will bring the total number of airports to 370, said Wang Zhiqing, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, at the 24th World Route Development Forum.

Last year, China launched 382 new international air routes to bring the total international air routes to 1,634, twice that of 2015, Wang said. He added that 550 million trips were made by air last year in China, which accounted for 16.3 percent of the global total.

Representatives of more than 300 airlines, 700 airport management bodies, and 130 government departments and tourism authorities from over 110 countries and regions are attending the forum.

“We hope to develop the market in China as trade, investment, and tourism between China and African countries are soaring,” said Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.

Airline passenger volume between China and African countries will continue to take off by 20 percent every year, he said, adding that the airline is planning to launch new routes to Shenzhen, and add more flights to Guangzhou and other cities in China.

Cambodia’s JC International Airlines also plans to fly directly from Cambodia to five more Chinese cities by the end of this year.


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