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China Plans $11 Billion Second Chengdu Airport to Meet Demand

  • Sichuan capital to be third Chinese city to have two airports
  • Authorities looking to upgrade facilities in 6 smaller cities

China plans to spend as much as 71.9 billion yuan ($11 billion) on a second airport in the southwestern city of Chengdu to help meet growing demand for air travel in the world’s second-biggest economy.

The proposed facility will have three runways, one of them as long as 4,000 meters (2.5 miles), according to a statement posted on the website of the National Reform and Development Commission Monday. Once the airport is built, Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan province, will become the third Chinese city to have two airports after Beijing and Shanghai.