New airport in south China aims to assist in development of Greater Bay Area
Web Editor:國際日報 International Daily News
A new civil airport went into operation on Friday in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and will act as a new aviation hub to serve the development in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
At around 09:00, a Hainan Airlines flight took off from the Yulin Fumian Airport to Beijing, becoming the first outbound flight. The first inbound flight came 30 minutes later from Shenzhen City and landed safely at the new airport.
"Before starting official operation, we conducted three drills, so that we have a sufficient preparation to ensure a smooth journey for customers when the airport starts operation," said Mo Yashuang, a staff member from the airport's Security Department.
The airport is equipped with a total floor area of 21,100 square meters and is located in the Yulin City's Fumian District, 21 kilometers from the city proper.
In the initial stage, the airport will launch five routes linking the domestic cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Xi'an, Hangzhou, Kunming and Haikou, according to the local aviation authorities.
Yulin has more than seven million people, second only to the regional capital Nanning among the 14 cities in Guangxi.