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Construction starts at Chengdu airport

CONSTRUCTION of a second airport in Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province, got under way yesterday.

The first phase of construction is expected to be completed in 2019. Once fully operational, Chengdu will be only the third Chinese city, after Beijing and Shanghai, with two airports.

The new facility, which will be located in Jianyang, 50 kilometers southeast of downtown Chengdu, is estimated to cost more than 70 billion yuan (US$10.7 billion).

The 126-hectare site will include six runways, six terminals and is expected to welcome 90 million passengers a year, according to Dai Yongbo, deputy director of the provincial development and reform commission, adding that passenger throughput is expected to surpass the capacity of Chengdu’s current airport by 2020.


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