Plans for Chengdu's new airport have been mostly confirmed, according to a Chengdu Commercial Daily report.
The new airport will boast five runways, three more than the current number of Shuangliu Airport, and a passenger capacity of 80 million per year (more than double the current annual number of passengers through Shuangliu), making the new airport the largest in west China.
The site of the new airport, Lujia in Jianyang county, is approximately 50 km from the Shuangliu airport, and plans include construction of a "seamlessly integrated" transportation to the airport encompassing high-speed rail, subway, BRT, and highways.
"No matter which method of transportation you choose, you'll be able to reach the new airport from Chengdu within half an hour more or less," claimed Tang Limin, Sichuan representative at the National People's Congress and head of the Sichuan National Development for Reform Commission.
Sichuan representatives appealed for support of the new airport among the Congress because Chengdu's Shuangliu Airport is among several other airports in China, including Beijing's, Guangzhou's, and Shanghai's to have surpassed an annual passenger rate of 30 million.
Construction is expected to start in the first half of next year and finish in late 2017, and the airport is expected to be in operation by 2018.
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