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China plans airport in forest area


Published on Mar 18, 2011

Authorities in central China’s Hubei province are planning to develop an airport serving the Shennongjia Forest District. State news agency Xinhua reported the Hubei Development & Reform Commission as saying this week that the development, located on a grassy plain surrounded by forested mountains, 2,580 metres above sea level, would include a 2,800-metrelong runway, an apron capable of holding three aircraft, and a 3,000m2 terminal building. It will be able to handle up to 250,000 passengers per year. Work on the CNY1.04 billion (US$158 million) hub is due to start next month.


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