An introduction to China’s airports

Posted: 16 March 2005 | JF Pearson, China | No comments yet

As China continues to establish itself in the global market place, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the country’s transportation network must match its booming market in order for growth to continue.

As China continues to establish itself in the global market place, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the country’s transportation network must match its booming market in order for growth to continue.

With various industry experts predicting that China’s passenger traffic will grow annually by 8.5% during the next 20 years, the area is set to become the world’s second largest aviation market and will require a larger airport capacity to handle the volume. Add to this mix China’s perennial growth in international trade, its entry into the World Trade Organisation, its role as host of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and the World Expo in Shanghai and it rapidly becomes clear that China’s airport industry needs a new and expanded airport infrastructure to face its challenges.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is actively tackling this challenge by carrying out significant airport management reform. As a result, management of more than 140 airports in China has been transferred to provincial governments and the commercialisation of airport operations, managed according to the latest models, is being emphasised. Of particular interest amongst these reforms is that the CAAC has restructured the regulations concerning foreign investment, allowing foreign investors to participate in high-level airport management and invest in more airport-related sectors. All of these and other issues are to be addressed in the First Annual Summit on China Airports that will be held on April 4-6th, Regal International East Asia Hotel in Shanghai.

Solutions and models

The summit will provide an extremely high powered meeting platform; gathering high-profile overseas airport veterans and senior executive officers to discuss cutting-edge airport operation solutions and modern management models. This will take the form of combining case studies, discussion around current and future market trends – both globally and in the Chinese airport sector, updated information on policy and regulation and the sharing of knowledge about relevant issues to airport professionals in this new and exciting sector.

Successful case studies of airport commercialisation, airport construction and planning and the airport’s role as a regional economic facilitator will be explored from the experiences of representatives from world leading airports, such as Dubai International Airport, Frankfurt Airport, Schiphol International Airport and others.

Topics to be covered by knowledgeable international speakers include: how to maximise operational efficiency, CEO of Hartsfield-Atlanta International Airport; Globalisation of airport industry, DG of ACI; commercialisation strategies, Senior Project developer at Frankfurt Airport; the politics of airport planning from the MD of the Airports Company South Africa; cargo handling from the Director General of CAA Singapore; non-aeronautical business development, the MD of Schiphol International; the role of airports in economic development, the Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Dubai International; building relationships with airlines, the MD of Malaysia Airports Holdings; international air policy, the CEO of Vancouver International; Hub strategies, strategy director of Aeroports de Paris.

The far eastern view

Providing the all-important Chinese perspective will be a CAAC update on Government policy changes and a presentation of information on the future direction, infrastructure development and investment priority in the region. Development case studies will also be given by the Chairman of the Beijing Capital Airport Group, the Chairman of the Shanghai Airport Authority, the president of Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, the General Manager of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and the President of the Shaanxi Airport Administration Group. Panel discussions, with various important Chinese Airport representatives will focus on management models and the facilitation of growth and development. Dialogue between China’s two biggest airports and three largest airlines, including China National aviation holding, China Eastern airlines and China Southern Airlines, will be presented to address the current situation of China aviation industry.

Senior Government officers from the CAAC and the decision-makers of the major airports will be on hand to share their views with the audience on the priorities in the developments of the airports. This will take the form of an interactive discussion between speakers and the audience on the key issues, challenges and new investment opportunities in China’s leading airports. Against this backdrop Presidents and general managers from other regional airports will deliver their guides to best practice and insights on airport management with cutting-edge technologies and commercialised management models.

The summit will also provide a platform for local and international airport industry executives, consultants, technology and equipment and solution providers to examine the latest dynamics in the Chinese airport industry and to explore the tremendous business opportunities which exist there.

The Summit has received sponsorship and endorsement from big names such as Siemens, GE, OTIS, Cisco, Transtech and others. In total more than 200 delegates from the global airport industry are expected to gather at this three day event, which will present otherwise unattainable opportunities for networking in a booming region of the international airport market. Chairpersons, Presidents, CEOs, CFOs, COOs, Managing Directors, Vice Presidents, General managers, Senior Executives from airports, airlines, air cargo terminals/hubs, aviation authorities and airport equipment and technology suppliers will find this conference an invaluable resource and introduction to the China’s airports.

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