Second runway added at Changsha's Huanghua airport

Editor:Sharon Lee
Updated:2016-09-27 09:32:35

  Work to enlarge Huanghua International Airport is set to be completed on Sept 25, which is expected to double the number of passengers using the airport in Changsha, Hunan province each year.

  The 4.1-billion-yuan ($614-million) project, construction on which began in December 2013, has added a second runway and two parallel taxiways to the airport.

  The new runway is 3,800 meters long and 60 meters wide, enabling Huanghua to accommodate wide-body aircraft such as the Airbus A380, the largest passenger aircraft in the world, for the first time. The two taxiways are 3,800 meters by 25 meters.

Second runway added at Changsha's Huanghua airport

  The extension project of Huanghua International Airport is expected to be completed on Sept 25. [Photo by Zeng Shiyi/]

  The additional runway will provide an important boost to the airport's capacity, which has struggled to keep up with booming demand for flights into and out of Changsha.

  Two recent extensions to the first runway have helped the airport increase annual traffic from just 8.5 million passengers in 2008 to 18.7 million in 2015, but Changsha's economy has developed so rapidly in recent years that even this has not been a fast enough increase.

  However, with the addition of the second runway, Huanghua now hopes almost to double its traffic to 31 million travelers per year by 2020, in addition to handling 320,000 tons of cargo.

  The new runway will now undergo final checks to its lights and navigation signals before being put into service in October.