Yangzhou Taizhou International Airport to open new route to Singapore
2018-10-31 16:08:00

Yangzhou Taizhou International Airport announced a milestone at a press conference on October 29 that its passenger throughput exceeded 2 million this year and also unveiled a strategic cooperation agreement with Shenzhen Airlines.

The airport received only 247,000 passengers in the first year of its operation in 2012, said Wang Dongsheng, president of the airport, often abbreviated to Yangtai Airport. The airport took just two years to double its passengers from 1 million to 2 million, making it one of fastest growing airports in China’s prefecture-level cities, according to Wang.

Since its operation, the average passenger load factor of airlines from the airport has increased year by year. From January to October, the average load factor reached 85.5 percent, far above the average level of Jiangsu airports. In 2018, the airport’s main business revenue is expected to increase by more than 30 percent, revenue of supplementary business up at least 25 percent. The airport will see a profit to jump 70 percent year-on-year to 35 million yuan this year.

For the whole year, the airport is expected to handle 2.45 million passengers and 12,000 tons of cargo, which will make it rank among the top 55 and top 50 of the 200 strong transportation airports nationwide, said Wang.

The airport has made strides in the expansion this year. An 800-meter runway linked with the previous 2,400-meter runway on August 20, passed final inspection and acceptance on September 29, and then completed the test flight on October 2.

With the expansion, the airport was upgraded from category 4C to 4E with enhanced logistics capability, meaning it can accommodate the wide-body aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and the Airbus A340 in the future.

The airport will develop itself to serve the Nanjing-Zhenjiang-Yangzhou cluster and become a comprehensive transportation hub in central Jiangsu. It will open flight routes to Singapore, Malaysia and Russia, gradually building an international route network mainly covering Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia.

By 2020, the airport will handle 3.5 million passengers and 24,000 tons of cargo and mail.

Source:jschina.com.cn Editor:Dylan