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China to further open up low-altitude airspace to promote general aviation sector


16:20, November 17, 2011

ZHUHAI, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- China will further relax a ban on the use of low-altitude airspace in 2012 on a trial basis, air traffic authorities said Thursday.

Starting from January next year, airspace below 1,000 meters in northeast, central and south China, as well as six pilot cities, will be open to general aviation flights, said Zhu Shicai, an official with the state air traffic control commission.

Zhu made the remarks at the International Forum on China Business/General Aviation, which is being held from Nov. 17 to 18 in the city of Zhuhai in south China's Guangdong Province.

The six pilot cities are Tangshan, Xi'an, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Ningbo and Kunming.

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