Located at Dizhang Town, Xianyang City, Shaanxi Province, Xian Xianyang International Airport is 43 kilometers away from Xian. It is not only one of Chinas trunk airports and international airport scheduled flights as well as the Chinas top 10 airports but also one of the seven large-scale hub airports planned by General Administration of Civil Aviation of China. Xianyang Airport gained the title of "National civilization airport" for the first time in 1997, together with passing the safety assessment of the National Civil Aviation Administration in 1999, ISO9001 international quality system certification in 2002, and the aviation security audit of the?? International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2004. As a base airport of the Changan Company of Shanghai Air Group, the Northwest Company of East Air Group and the Xinjiang Company of Hainan Air Group, it has domestic direct flight routes to 74 cities in China and international and regional direct flight routes to six cities, a total of 20 air companies participate in operation, of which, 14 domestic airlines and six international & regional airlines.
In recent years, Xian Xianyang International Airport has developed rapidly and is expected that the passenger throughput reach up to 11 million person-times in 2007, which will rank the world busiest airports. Its second-stage building project has been launched and the project will be put into operation to meet 26 million person-times of the annual passenger throughput, 9616 person-times of peak hour passengers, 249,000 vehicle-times of the annual aircraft movements, 72 vehicle-times of peak-hour landing, and 360,000 tons of the annual freight throughput.
The airport has an apron of 680,000 square meters, 12 passenger boarding bridges, 46 remote stands, equipped with electronic guiding devices and double-loop fuel pipelines. Our maintenance crew is able to handle all aircraft models and has a high level of repair for Boeing 737 and Boeing 757 planes. We have high-quality firefighting and first-aid devices, eco-efficient supplies of power, water, and fuel, along with other technologically advanced equipment.
With first-rate operations and services, Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport plays a key role in circles of highway systems in Zhejiang Province and in the nearby region so that our serving area covers the whole province and extends to southern Jiangsu Province and eastern Anhui Province. The airport enjoys abundant sources of passengers and cargo in these provinces, which have ever-increasing demand of air transport. As a result, we have experienced a rapid growth for the last seven years. The annual capacity increases from 2.98 million passengers and 73,000 tons of cargo in 2001 to 12.673 million and 210,000 tons in 2008; the number of departures and arrivals grows from 36,400 in 2001 to 119,000 in 2008. The airport is ranked 8th out of all 152 Chinese civil aviation airports and has joined other seven domestic counterparts with passenger capacity of more than 10 million since 2007. We host 38 airlines with over 2,400 departures and arrivals each week and serve a network of 160 domestic and international routes connected to 58 cities and regions.
The airport management expects continuous increase of business with an estimated capacity of 166,000 flights and 14 million passengers in 2010 and has made expansion plans. By 2015, we will have completed these projects—a second runway, an international terminal, and another domestic terminal on land of 7,707 mu (5.1 million square meters or 1,270 acres). The projects will take an investment of 7 billion RMB yuan (one billion dollars). Upon completion, the airport will be able to take 25,600,000 passengers, 500,000 tons of cargo, and 260,000 flights annually. And till 2035, these figures will rise to 52,000,000, one million, and 500,000 respectively.