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China's newest mega aviation hub out in the West


๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ขโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ข ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ž๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฌ


๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฑ๐˜‚ ๐—ง๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ณ๐˜‚ ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—”๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ (ๆˆ้ƒฝๅคฉๅบœๅ›ฝ้™…ๆœบๅœบ) opened on June 27 as second international airport of the city (Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is the first airport).


The new airport has the ambition to become the ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ-๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฏ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ท๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ถ. The current phase one was built in 5 years including 3 runways and 2 terminals with a capacity of 60 million passengers per year. โ€˜Cutting-edgeโ€™ technologies including AI (such as robot airport staff), facial recognition, driverless interterminal transport and automated check-ins have been or will be implemented and a new metro line links the airport to central Chengdu in about 40 minutes (50km).





Phase 2 expansion of the airport, scheduled for construction during coming decade will add 3 more runways, 2 additional terminals, increasing the capacity to 90-100 million passengers per year.


While the โ€˜oldโ€™ Chengdu Shuangliu airport already handled 55 million passengers in 2019 (top 24 in the world) and was top 3 most busiest airport in the world during last yearโ€™s COVID 2020 with 40 million passengers, ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฑ๐˜‚ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ท๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฏ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€๐—ผ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต-๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐˜‡๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€. A solid starting base along the southern route of the Belt and Road Initiative towards the west, the modern silk road.





Tianfu Airport is one of 159 new airports being built by the Chinese government in coming years. ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—บ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฑ, a large increase from the current 241, according to the Transportation Network Planning Outline issued in early 2021.


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