It was announced on Tuesday, April 16 that Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport has been given approval by the National Development and Reform Commission to build a third runway, in order to help service an estimated 80 million people annually by 2030.
The new runway, expected to service an extra 20 million passengers annually, will be 3,600 meters long and 60 meters wide and will cost RMB9.35 billion. The project fits into an overarching plan to further expand transport and infrastructure links in the South of China, in line with the Greater Bay Area Plan.
According to South China Morning Post, Hong Kong International Airport is also planning to add a third runway as part of a HKD144 billion expansion. That runway is expected to be finished at the end of 2024.
Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport is currently the second largest airport in Guangdong, after Guangzhou’s Baiyun Airport. According to aviation insight website Flight Global, Bao’an International Airport handled 49.3 million passengers in 2018, an 8.2 percent increase from the previous year.
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