China will acquire over 500 aircraft by 2010: CAAC

China will acquire over 500 new passenger planes between now and the end of 2010. This will boost the country's air fleet to about 1,600, General Administration of Civil Aviation (CAAC) deputy director general Gao Hongfeng told the media at an industry summit in Beijing on Thursday 13 September.

He said the country would have 190 airports by 2010, and 260 airports by 2020.

The aviation sector's development plans in the 11th Five Year Plan for 2006 - 2010, say China's passenger is expected to rise annually by 14.5 per cent and its cargo traffic by 13 per cent.

Total air traffic will grow by 15 per cent a year over the next five years, Gao added. The country's total air traffic rose 18 per cent year-on-year to 23.3 billion tonne-km in the first eight months of this year.