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CAAC Chief to accelerate China aviation through 2015

Apr. 9, 2012 (China Knowledge) - China is expected to add more than 300 aircrafts each year in the country's 12th five-year plan, starting from 2011 to 2015, said Li Jiaxiang, director general of Civil Aviation Administration of China, or CAAC.

By the end of 2015, China would build 70 new airports, remove and rebuild 15 airports and expand 101 airports, Li added.

CAAC signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the Shanghai Municipal government to accelerate the aviation business in the city, said a person familiar with the matter.

Li also noted that mainland China has become the world's second largest consumer of aviation fuel with more than 17 million tons consumed last year and 12 aviation fuel companies in different scales.  

In 2011, the country's civil aviation sector achieved 57.3 billion ton-kilometers of cargo turnover and 293 million passengers.

At present, China has a combined 47 passenger and cargo airlines with 180 airports, as well as 123 general aviation airlines with a total aircraft fleet of 2,888 units, including 1,764 cargo planes.

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