Planet China

No queues, at least

If you’re looking to compile a list of civil aviation’s most egregious white elephants, the Rmb396 million ($58 million) airport in Libo should make the cut. A journalist from the McClatchy-Tribune News Service recently visited the terminal. While impressed by its grand marble halls, he was far less struck by its passenger volumes. Indeed, when flight G42663 arrived it disembarked a grand total of one man and two women. That’s way short of capacity: the Libo airport is designed to accommodate 220,000 passengers per year. But just two scheduled flights depart the city in Guizhou per week. According to McClatchy-Tribune, the airport handled only 151 passengers last year. It is one of 40 airports China has added in recent years, bringing the country’s total to 166.


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