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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

The Extended No. 2 Runway of Shenzhen Airport Expected to Operate Next June


The proposed runway extension for Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport has received the go-ahead from CAAC. Shenzhen Airport may extend its second 3,600-metres runway and the parallel taxiway northward by 200 metres to a total of 3,800 metres. It is estimated that the project can be completed by the end of 2010 and put into use next June. Shenzhen Airport will then be able to accommodate more larger aircrafts takeoffs and landings. By 2015, the airport will have the capability of serving 36 million passengers together with 1.8 million tons of cargo and mails, and handling 300 thousands flight takeoffs-landings yearly. The flight zone extension project got the permit from the National Development & Reform Commission in 2006. At present, the land-forming and the soft foundation treatment projects have been finished and the runway pavement construction is underway. An officer from Shenzhen Development and Reform Commission stated that since Shenzhen Airport repositions itself, and plus the rapid growth of cargo transport for the last 2 years, it sucessively opened business with Deutsche Lufthansa AG, United Parcel Service Inc. and Singapore Airlines Ltd. as well as other international air cargo companies; as a result, more big planes will take off and land at Shenzhen Airport. Taking the aforementioned into consideration, Shenzhen Airport applied to extend No.2 runway. The rainy weather of Shenzhen demands a better construction requirement, classified as the highest 4F flight zone, which contributes a lot to huge aircraft landings/takeoffs and flight safety factor.

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