New $134 mn terminal for Beijing

China Southern Airlines,  is planning to spend more than $134 million USD to upgrade its operations - including a brand new international terminal for its Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner - at Beijing Capital Airport. China Southern Airlines plans to use this new terminal to base its
recently-ordered Airbus A380 aircraft and Boeing 787 Dreamliners ... scheduled for
delivery in late 2007. 

“The foundation of the Beijing branch is crucial for China Southern’s
sustained development,” said Mr. Liu Shaoyong, Chairman, China Southern Airlines.

He added that, “now that China Southern has merged with China Northern
Airlines and Xinjiang Airlines, Beijing is an ideal hub to link the airline
markets in central south and northwest China, as well as key International routes,’
he added.
 
China Southern Airlines currently operates its own terminal at Capital
Airport in Beijing and the construction of its second terminal will give it two
hubs at this ever-expanding aviation field.

Among its 18 branches and sub-branches, the Beijing branch is China
Southern’s largest and most important. 

Mr. Liu said that China Southern, “has high hopes that the Beijing branch
would make the best out of the booming air travel market from the capital, as
well as tap potential business related to The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games”. 

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International passengers that passed through Beijing last year totaled about
10 Million,  topping all other airports in China.

This figure represents 31.1
per cent of all international passengers handled by the nation’s airports. 
China Southern set up its Beijing representative office in 1989.

It linked
up with Beijing Capital International Airport to set up a ground service joint
venture in 2003 and after a multi-million dollar renovation, reopened the
old capital airport terminal for its own domestic operations, making it China’s
first and only airline company to own a terminal building of its own. 

China Southern operates 43 flight routes from Beijing.

It is expected to
handle nine million passengers to and from Beijing this year, and have a
business turnover of 4 Billion yuan ($493.22 M USD), accounting for approximately 10
per cent of its total business.

Beijing Capital International Airport
handled more than 34 Million passengers in 2004, compared with more than 20
Million at the recently opened Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou.

The largest airline in The People’s Republic of China for the past 26 years, China Southern Airlines -  www.cs-air.com/en - connects more than 80 cities around
the globe.  Major business and vacation destinations served in China include:
Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Guilin, Hong Kong,  Kunming, Shanghai, Shenzhen
and Wuhan and as well as international service,  including: Amsterdam,
Bangkok, *censored*uoka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Islamabad,  Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Los
Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Moscow, Osaka, Paris,  Penang, Phnom Penh, Seoul,
Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. 
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