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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

Yang: Civil aviation should focus on quality


China’s civil aviation industry should strive to improve quality in light of its rapid development. This was the message of Minister Yang Yuanyuan of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) at the China Small Airports Management Symposium held in Yuncheng City in Shanxi Province. Yang said China is now the second largest aviation market in the world next to the United States. He said the development of civil aviation comes from the rapid development of the national economy and society that fuels the demand in the air transport market. China has implemented the fast development of its civil aviation, resulting in uneven growth. Yang said there are more than 90 small airports in China with an annual throughput of fewer than 500,000 passengers. The passenger volume is only about 3.3 percent of the total domestic throughput. Most of these airports are losing money. Despite this, says Yang, these airports should be given support rather than closed down. Small airports help in the growth of the national economy and provide the public with universal service, he says. They also fill the requirement in the implementation of harmonized development in China. Based on the plan, says Yang, by 2010, about 72 percent of China’s population can reach an airport in just 1.5 hours.

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