HNA General Aviation shifts focus to airport building


HNA General Aviation will shift its focus towards building airports and general aviation infrastructure in rural China, following a series of socioeconomic development strategies announced at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

The CPC initiatives are aimed at promoting investment in rural parts of China that have been neglected. They include encouraging non government entities to invest in building up transportation and services.

The CPC’s new initiatives come a month after it promoted general aviation as a “Strategic New Industry” and it published its “Guidelines to Promote the Development of the General Aviation Industry”.

According to the Chinese government, general aviation is expected to contribute up to $150 billion to the economy by 2020.

HNA has so far partnered with local governments in Anhui, Gansu and Xinjiang provinces to help build up airports and other infrastructure, saying that it will also help create employment and income in those provinces.

HNA has in the past collaborated with local provincial governments to build FBOs at airports in China. Under current Chinese government rules, only one FBO is allowed per airport.

Aside from Xinjiang, all of HNA’s airport and FBO projects have been in Central and eastern China.

Xinjiang province shares its western borders with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Its biggest general aviation operator, Xinjiang General Aviation Co Ltd, started taking delivery of the first of up to ten Pilatus PC-12s early in 2017.