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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

Manzhouli airport expansion finished


The Manzhouli Xijiao Airport can accommodate wide-body aircraft following the expansion of its flight area, according to the North China Regional Administration of the Civil Aviation Administration of China. When the airport was opened in 2004, it could only handle the takeoff and landing of aircraft below the Boeing 737 type. As the Manzhouli City economy grew, there was a clamor to expand the airport to be competitive. The city government invested RMB 68.53 million in the project. The fund was used to expand the width and extend the length of the runway by 400 meters, widen the airport’s shoulders, construct a new connecting way, expand the apron, and install a lighting system and an instrument landing system. The expansion project was started last May and was finished last December, including the installment of the landing equipment. Last January, a Boeing 767 landed at the airport for a test flight. With the expansion, the airport can now accommodate B767, IR76 and TU 154 aircraft. The airport is waiting for the Class D certificate from the CAAC to start the takeoff and landing of such aircraft.

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