China To Build National Public Air Transportation System

Yang Guoqing, the vice minister of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, announced at the China Civil Aviation Development Forum 2009 that China would set up a mature, harmonious, efficient and convenient national public air transportation system over the next three to five years.

CAAC will reinforce the construction of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou as the nation's composite hubs. There will be one flight between the three hubs every 30 minutes; and 30 long-haul international flights will be opened. Meanwhile eight regional hubs including Kunming will be set up, and every one or 1.5 hours there will one flight between the eight regional hubs and the three composite hubs.

Artery network construction of 12 airports in Hangzhou, Nanjing and other cities will also be consummated, and flights should be arranged every 1.5 to two hours.

Besides, CAAC will also boost the development of regional aviation by quickening the construction of regional airports, fulfilling the subsidies to regional flight routes and implementing preferential policies on flight schedule.