China airports clear for take-off

China plans to spend 140 billion yuan ($17.4bn; £9.96bn) over the next five years on its airports as its expanding economy fuels demand for air travel. Airports at Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou expand as China’s main, while the country predicts its fleet of airliners will reach 1,580 by 2010, up from the 863 currently flying.

This is expected to accelerate to 4,000 commercial jets by 2020. By 2010, the mainland is expected to have 186 airports according to Gao Hongfeng, vice-minister of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).