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China To Open 97 new airports in 12 yrs March 25, 2008

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97 new airports to open in 12 yrs – People’s Daily Online
According to the plan, which covers the years up to 2020, the number of airports nationwide will increase to 192 by 2010, and to 244 by 2020. At the end of 2006, there were 147, including 45 used for both civilian and military purposes.

This means 82 in every 100 people – who contribute 96 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) – will live within 100 km, or 90 minutes’ drive, from an airport by 2020.

At present, only 61 percent of people – who contribute 82 percent of GDP – lives within this range, the plan said.The CAAC said the new airports will cost an estimated total of 450 billion yuan ($64 billion).

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