Location for Sanya’s new airport approved by CAAC
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved plans for a much-needed new airport in Hongtang Bay, Tianya District, Sanya.
The new airport is expected to be built between the Tianyahaijiao Scenic Spot and the Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone. The airport is estimated to cost more than RMB 100 billion, and is scheduled to begin trial operation at the end of 2020.
Sanya has experienced a massive influx of visitors in recent years, putting great burden on the existing Phoenix Airport.
Scheduled to cover an area of 24 square kilometers on a patch of land reclaimed from the sea, the new airport will have four runways and three terminal buildings upon completion. It will be 5.18 times larger than the current Sanya Phoenix International Airport. Annual passenger throughput at the new airport is expected to reach 38 million by 2025 and 70 million by 2045.
In response to China’s “One Belt and One Road” initiative, the new airport is positioned as an international transportation hub and a gateway to Southeast Asia and the South China Sea.