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China's fourth largest aviation hub: Chengdu sets a five-year target to take the title


A fascinating battle is emerging between airports serving the inland powerhouse Chinese cities of Chengdu, Xi'an, Chongqing, Wuhan and Kunming for the role as the nation’s fourth largest aviation hub (after Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou). Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CDIA) has recently made its ambitions clear: over the next five years (the 12th Five Year Plan period) it aims to be the airport that meets the growing aviation needs of the massive western region of China. In coming months, CAPA will review the progress and ambitions of Chengdu's rivals in Western China. [2097 words]

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  • Passenger traffic almost doubles in past five years; increase by over four-fold in past decade
  • Air China to help develop Chengdu into hub after Beijing. China Eastern Airlines also boosting Chengdu network
  • Etihad Airways adds Chengdu to global network; All Nippon Airways sees potential
  • Continued development of the airport
  • Developing general aviation and business jet facilities
  • The potential of Chengdu

Graphs and data:

  • Airports in China with more than 10 million passenger numbers p/a: 2010
  • Chengdu Airport Passenger Numbers (2009 to 2011)
  • Chengdu Airport Aircraft Movements (2009 to 2011)
  • Chengdu Airport capacity (seats per week, to/from) by carrier (11-Jul-2011 to 17-Jul-2011)
  • Chengdu Airport international vs domestic capacity share (11-Jul-2011 to 17-Jul-2011)
  • Domestic destinations from Chengdu International Airports: Jul-2011
  • International destinations from Chengdu International Airports: Jul-2011
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