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Accessible regional aviation to benefit China

By Xinhua writer Hu Tao (Xinhua)

14:00, March 08, 2012

BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Highways, railways and high-speed railways -- China is amazing the world by speeding up its communication map, and now is the right time for making regional aviation more accessible to more Chinese, said a senior official with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd.(COMAC)

"It is impractical to modify air travel as a luxury mode of transportation for common people in China, which is a vast country with booming social and economic needs," said Wu Guanghui, deputy general manager of the (COMAC).

The chief designer of the C919, China's first homegrown single-aisle passenger jet, Wu is also a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, and is attending the annual session the country's top political advisory body in Beijing.

He is also the former chief designer of the ARJ21, China's first homegrown commercial regional aircraft which is currently undergoing the certification fly test.

He said he has suggested that the central government should issue preferential policies to support small-medium sized cites in building regional airports in accordance with practical need.

In fact, China's booming trunk route airlines and saturated major airports can not meet the needs of both the commercial and civil aviation sectors.

Jam-packed runways and stranded passengers, which are flooding in from various nearby regions, are a curious scene in China.

Leaping into place as the world's second-largest economy, China has the world's second-largest aviation carrier volume, following the U.S.

However, the amount is mostly from aviation services among major and developed coastal cities, said Wu.

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