Shanghai considers building business aviation airport


According to a report on the Shanghai Observer website, Shanghai is considering building a new airport that will primarily be used by business aircraft.

The decision is being driven by 20% year on year growth in business aircraft movements over the course of the last few years.

Shanghai currently has two airports that are used by business aircraft, although both have many restrictions in place.

According to the latest data from German based consultancy WINGX, the Beijing to Shanghai air corridor is the busiest domestic route for business jets in China.

During the last quarter of 2016 there were a combined 104 flights between Beijing and Shanghai’s Hongqiao and Pudong Airports.

Both airports are heavily slot constrained, with some operators choosing to use alternative airports at nearby Hangzhou or Nanjing.

Building a dedicated airport for business jets would release extra slots at Hongqiao and Pudong for airline movements.