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Opening of China’s low-altitude airspace to boost general aviation, ignores expanding civil aviation


The Chinese Government and the Central Military Commission recently approved the CAAC's Low-altitude Airspace Management Reform Guidance, which will gradually open low-altitude airspace across the country’s five aviation control areas by 2015. The move is part of the country’s plans to boost China’s general aviation market, which is on the brink of rapid expansion. However, the plans appear to neglect to acknowledge the country’s booming civil aviation market, which is restricted by the minimal airspace available due to tight military control. [2396 words]

Unlock the following content in this report:


  • Good news for a growing General Aviation market
  • But ignores the booming commercial airline market
  • In the process of reforming
  • To encourage general aviation, but fails to address growing civil aviation market

Graphs and data:

  • Major Chinese air routes
  • Chinese aircraft movements: 1999-2009
  • Chinese airport traffic: Domestic & international passengers (2004 to 2009)
  • Short-term measures for improving the present ATM system: “Eleventh Five-Year” Plan goals
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