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As the West turns East to make its for­tune, fliers – both in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic – are flow­ing through Chi­nese air­ports in un­prece­dented num­bers. For the past four years, Beijing’s Cap­i­tal In­ter­na­tional Air­port has been nip­ping at the heels of Harts­field-Jack­son At­lanta In­ter­na­tional to take the ti­tle as the busiest air­port on the planet. How­ever, if Cap­i­tal’s growth doesn’t eclipse At­lanta soon, it stands to lose much of its lus­ter by the end of this decade to the mega­port the Chi­nese are build­ing at nearby Dax­ing.

Mim­ick­ing the growth of China’s econ­omy it­self, the coun­try’s Civil Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (CAA) has set its sights on build­ing a startling 82 new air­ports across this vast land. The goal: to give nine-tenths of the na­tion’s pop­u­lace ac­cess to air ser­vice by 2020.

How­ever, per­haps more in­struc­tive than try­ing to peer into the murky fu­ture for Chi­nese avi­a­tion is to take a quick glance

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