China currently has around 235 airports, but with many lacking the capacity to sustain the coming increase in passenger numbers and flights, government officials estimate around 450 airports will be needed across the country by 2035.
According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), in 2018, Chinese airports handled 1.264 billion passengers, up 10.2 percent over 2017, with 37 of the country's airports handling over 10 million passengers in a year.?
"Service has improved substantially, but existing airports are far from adequate and are unevenly distributed throughout the country."
These are the areas with the highest populations but rely on a few hub airports to handle all passenger traffic. In the coming years, they will each have new world-class airports for their individual centers of population.
"If you look at China, growth could be between 5-6 percent on average, much higher than the global average. In one estimation, China is expected to have a middle class population of more than 500 million in the next 10 years. "