Beijing: Chinese aviation officials have said the East China region is likely to experience a boom in the construction of general aviation airports thanks to growing demand for private jets and small business planes. The first new airport will possibly be located in Shanghai's Fengxian district, the China General Aviation Association (CGAA) said.
Association spokeswoman Wang Xia made the comments at a conference in Beijing on Sunday marking the release of the 2010 China General Aviation Development Report.
General aviation (GA) is one of the two categories of civil aviation and refers to all flights other than military and scheduled airline and regular cargo flights, both private and commercial.
General aviation flights range from gliders and powered parachutes to large, non-scheduled cargo jet flights. The majority of the world's air traffic falls into this category, and most of the world's airports serve general aviation exclusively
According to the China's general aviation report, 23 per cent of general aviation is used for fuel services, 21 per cent for aviation training and 20 per cent for other uses.
"In recent years we've seen a growing demand for general aviation flights, which the existing two airports, Pudong and Hongqiao, don't offer. The construction of general aviation airports has come on to the agenda," Wang informed newspersons.