China’s Kunming City stated the new Kunming Changshui Airport will officially commence operations on 28-Jun-2012. According to People’s Daily reports, the airport was approved under the nation’s 11th five-year development plan ended in 2010. Under the airport’s medium-term forecast, it will have the capacity to handle 38.0 million passengers, 950,000 tonnes of cargo and 303,000 aircraft movements p/a. The airport will have connections from China to Southeast Asia, South Asia and Europe.
New Kunming Changshui Airport to commence operations on 28-Jun-2012
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