Chinese airports handled a massive 831.5 million passenger trips last year, marking a 10.2 percent year on year rise, according to new data released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
Among the trips, over 760.6 million were domestic routes while another 70.9 million were international routes, up 10.1 percent and 11.7 percent year on year, respectively. Airports in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou handled 28.3 percent of the trips, the data showed.
The Beijing Capital International Airport held down the title as country’s busiest airport, recording more than 86.1 million arrivals and departures in 2014. The same airport managed to outperform all others in the country in terms of flight punctuality last year, although on a larger scale, it’s not that impressive, given that China’s airports and airlines are considered the worst in world for flight delays.
To accommodate the growth of passengers, the nation’s capital is the works of planning what will be the world’s largest airport passenger terminal, expected to receive some 45 million travelers annually upon completion and, eventually, 100 million travelers per year. Shanghai last year announced a renovation project at Pudong International Airport’s Terminal 1 which aims to boost passenger capacity by 80 percent. In an attempt to ease runway congestion, the airport last month opened a 4th runway and announced plans for a 5th one to begin operating in the not-too-distant future—a much welcomed development considering Pudong was named the worst of the worst in China for flight delays.
Pudong is expected to become one of the top 10 busiest airports in the world by 2020, with an expected passenger volume of 80 million.
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