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China aims to have 450 airports by 2035 - aviation regulator

December 11, 2018 / Reuters

China aims to have 450 airports by 2035, almost doubling its current number of airports as part of the country’s ambition to build itself into an aviation power, its aviation regulator said. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) made the forecast on Monday, according to a report by the CAAC News which is affiliated to the regulator. As of end-October, China had 234 civil airports, according to state media. China is expected to overtake the United States as the world’s largest aviation market in the next decade as an expanding middle class and government support for the sector fuel demand for flights and airport construction. In the meantime, Chinese policymakers are also hoping that a rebound in infrastructure investment could provide a boost to the economy that is expanding at the weakest pace since the global financial crisis with analysts expect further softening in coming months.