Aviation in China continues to grow. Both Beijing and Shanghai each handle over 50 million passengers a year. And since September 2008, the number of flight at Beijing airport has increased by over 9%. This means more opportunities for pilots and airline dispatchers.
China's first private jet base is set to open in Shanghai next year. It will be at the Hongqiao Airport (one of Shamghai's two airports) and consist of a 3,000 sq.meter terminal with separate security and customs sections. There will also be a hangar sized for business jets. It is estimated that up to 4,000 business jets will arrive in Shanghai during May 2010 alone, during the World Expo. By 2015, the figure is expected to rise to 6,000 annually.
In addition, China's first private jet service provider has been approved by the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China and will set up its headquarters in Shenyang, Liaoning province. Its fleet will consist of Bombardier Challenger 850 jet aircraft.
While some airlines in other countries are challenged to remain profitable, Chinese air traffic is up over 16% overall in the first six months of 2009. Growth in 2009 in domestic traffic has risen by nearly 20% this year, and up 28% in June alone.
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