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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

Hohhot Baita Airport okayed as alternative landing site for Olympics


An investigative group has expressed its satisfaction with Inner Mongolia’s Hohhot Baita International Airport’s plan to be an alternative landing during the Olympic Games.
The group consisted of five persons including the safety affairs inspector general and senior air traffic management consultant of Northwest Airlines. During the investigation, Northwest Airlines looked into the airport’s air traffic management, navigation, air fuel, airport apron aircraft parking stands for Boeing 747 or bigger aircraft, types and the number of special vehicles, and first aid services. Every department of the airport responded to Northwest Airlines’ queries. As part of the assessment, the inspectors of Northwest appraised the airport’s preparation for the plan to use it as an alternative landing for international flights during the Games. Both parties agreed to improve an exchange of information and cooperation. As one of the main alternative airports of Beijing Capital International Airport, Hohhot Baita Airport has good flight and weather conditions. When bad weather affects Beijing, Hohhot, which is 444 kilometers away, can be the alternate landing site. The airport is also a gateway for flights from Southeast Asia to Europe, as flights from Europe and west China to Beijing pass through the area.

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