The Nanning Airport terminal contingency project has completed its necessary land acquisition, laying the foundation for the whole project. This September, the temporary terminal area will be put into use to share some load of the current terminal before the new terminal is completed and starts operation.
In July, 27 airports in central and southern China saw 130 thousand aircraft takeoffs and landings, 15.8 million passengers and 233 thousand tons of cargo and mails, respectively recording a year-on-year growth of 12.7%, 10.9% and 4%, showing the growth of passenger count is 2 percentage points lower than that of aircraft takeoffs and landings. During the period of January to July, these airports saw 847 thousand takeoffs and landings, 103 million passengers and 1.65 million tons of cargo and mail, respectively registering a year-on-year growth of 8.9%, 9.9% and 6.4%.
In late August, the first Legacy 650 assembled by the Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Co., Ltd. (Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry), a joint venture of Embraer S.A. (Embraer) and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), succeeded in performing its maiden flight. The business jet is expected to be delivered to its owner by the end of 2013.
For the purpose of approving the Zhangjiakou Civil and Military Airport Project, the CAAC North China Regional Administration organized a conference in January, and then held an on-site industrial examination and appraisal of that facility.
In mid-December, 2012, Mr. Li Jian, deputy-administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) took a trip to visit New Zealand and Australia. During the visit to New Zealand, Li met with Mr. Gerry Brownlee,
Shanghai’s two Airports, Pudong International, and Hongqiao International, experienced a new historic high in business jet traffic during the year 2012, as 1,780 business jets flew in and out of those two International Airports during that year.
China is purposely ignoring and maintaining distance in proper general aviation development, resulting in a critical missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle of the image of a harmonious society the Chinese government is trying to build.
General aviation covers all aviation activities outside scheduled airlines, including business aviation, medical evacuation, aerial photography, crop dusting and forestry, firefighting and rainmaking, news gathering, public security, pilot training, sport and private aviation, among others.