As an admitted airport aficionado, I have been following the expansion of China's airports for the last 10 years or so and it' been nothing short of incredible... most people on A.net are familiar with the big four (PEK
) which have all basically doubled in size since 2000. I've been digging around for more information on some of the second- and third-tier airports, which have been growing just as rapidly, but information is much harder to come by without a knowledge of written Chinese or a reliance on the sometimes-unreliable Wikipedia. I was curious if anyone here can tell me a bit more about expansion programs at the following airports:
: I visited CTU
back in May and there is a new terminal (basically a larger version of the current terminal which opened in 2001) under construction. There is also a parallel runway - visible on Google Maps - but I seem to remember reading there are even more ambitious plans for another parallel runway and 'midfield' style terminal complex to the southeast of the present airport.
: I also passed through XIY
in May and was really surprised by how busy it is. There's a wide-spaced parallel runway about to open, along with a very large third terminal connected to two new piers. Does anyone know who will use the new terminal? The Google Maps image is about a year or so old - construction was pretty far along when I was there in May.
: Google Maps shows a second closely-spaced parallel runway under construction and a second terminal south of the current one, with another pier. Are there more plans? I didn't visit Chongqing, but a flight attendant on China Southern told us it was one of the most overcrowded airports in the country.
: I flew through SZX
in May and there is a huge new terminal and offshore runway being built. Will all airlines move to the new building and if so, what will happen to the two existing terminals? The Shenzhen Metro was just extended to the existing terminals, so I have to think they'll remain in use. The airport's location doesn't appear to allow for much more expansion beyond the current one, but I know that nothing's impossible in China.
: On Google Maps it looks like HGH
is getting a new parallel runway. Any idea when this is projected to be finished?
I've been trying to find any information about expansion projects at other airports as well - Nanjing, Shenyang, Wuhan, Xiamen (which, along with Dalian, is basically hemmed in by city and water), Harbin, Urumqi, Haikou, etc. If anyone has any knowledge, please feel free to share here.