China’s general aviation (GA) industry has huge potential for future development, although it is constrained by limited economic scale, operational restrictions, and some competition factors.
According to the China GA Report 2017 issued by Asian Sky Group, by 2020 the coastal province Jiangsu will feature the most GA airports (71), followed by Yunnan (51), Xinjiang (47), Zhejiang (37), and Inner Mongolia (35). Transport times in many large provinces can be cut to less than an hour in GA aircraft, which will help improve communications and human resource deployment. Also, GA provides an ideal infrastructure for transporting rescue teams and resources to remote areas in the event of a natural disaster.
China currently has 75 CAAC-approved GA airports, the Asian Sky Group report noted, including 20 heliports, with eight airports located in Guangdong province, six in Shandong, five in Beijing, and five in Jiangsu province. Most of the airports are for fixed-wing GA traffic, and a few are heliports. Geographically, the majority of GA airports are located in the eastern provinces while western provinces have only eight airports.