Date
22 September 2017
Nagasaki Airport in Japan and Borg El Arab Airport in Alexandria in Egypt are examples of airports built on artificial islands. Sanya hopes to follow their lead. Photos: internet
Nagasaki Airport in Japan and Borg El Arab Airport in Alexandria in Egypt are examples of airports built on artificial islands. Sanya hopes to follow their lead. Photos: internet

Sanya seeks to build new airport on reclaimed land

Sanya is looking to build a new airport on reclaimed land from the sea in a bid to cater to the growing number of tourists in the southern Chinese island, 21st Century Business Herald reported Tuesday.

The new airport is expected to be built between the famous Tianyahaijiao resort and the Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Zone, and will be linked to the existing Phoenix International Airport, the report said, citing local officials.

The airport, with a total area of 28 square kilometers, will entail investment of over 100 billion yuan, according to a CCTV report. The proposal is said to have been submitted to the State Oceanic Administration for approval. 

Sanya’s move comes after the city saw a massive influx of visitors in recent years, putting great burden on the existing Phoenix airport. Phoenix was built in 1994 and has only one runway.

Passenger throughput at the Phoenix Airport grew by more than 25 percent each year between 2004 and 2010, according to data from the country’s civil aviation authority.

The number of passengers reached 11.34 million in 2012 and hit over 12.86 million last year, but the airport was originally designed to cope with just 1.5 million passengers per year. Phoenix airport has already gone through expansions in three phases, but it may need a fourth expansion soon given the rapid increase in passengers.

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