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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

Xiahe Airport passes evaluation and approval of CAAC


The Gansu Provincial Development and Reform Commission reported on March 11th that it has received approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to build a new airport in Xiahe in China’s northwest province of Gansu. The Chinese aviation authorities evaluated and recently approved the location report for the Xiahe Airport, which will be located in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Groundwork on assessing the site’s terrain, weather, environment and geology will begin soon. According to the Communication Department of the Gansu Provincial Development and Reform Commission, the proposed Xiahe Airport is one of the key airport construction projects in the Eleventh Five-Year development plan in Gansu Province. It was listed under the State Council’s civil aviation plan for the development of Northwest China. Xiahe Airport will be constructed according to grade 4C standards and will have a 3,000-meter-long runway. Xiahe Airport is the first airport established in the Tibetan area of Gansu. Based on the findings of the civil aviation authority, the location of Xiahe Lapuleng Airport is appropriate for setting up a small airport. Its site in Erlangtan, located between Amuquhu Town and Yaliji Town in the Xiahe County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture is ideal for establishing the airport. Xiahe Airport’s location is situated 72 kilometers away from Xiahe County and 56 kilometers away from the city of Hezuo. The area has a natural flat surface and a better clearance condition suitable for designing and engineering the airport project. Once completed, the airport will provide air transport service to the mountainous area in the Southwest of Gansu Province. It will promote the region’s economy, tourism and social development, thus bringing social stability to China’s minority area.

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