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Civil aviation sector soars last year

CHINA’S civil aviation sector posted strong growth in passenger trips and cargo transport in 2016, official data showed yesterday.

Air passenger trips rose 11.8 percent year on year to 487.8 million last year, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

The growth was faster than the 11.3 percent gain posted in 2015 and the annual average rate of 10.4 percent between 2010 and 2015.

Passenger trips made on domestic routes rose 10.7 percent year on year to 436 million in 2016, while those made on international routes surged 22.7 percent to 51.6 million.

During the same period, cargo and mail transport totaled 6.7 million tons, up 6 percent year on year.

China ranks second in the world by passenger and cargo turnover by air, behind the US.

China aims to build 44 new airports and complete construction of 30 airports from 2016 to 2020, most in the mid-west regions under a plan released by the CAAC last week.


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