China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is to spend RMB3.19bn (US$448m) on the construction of 10 airports in 2020, according to the Xinjiang Airport Group.
The projects, which are intended to help the northern Chinese region improve connectivity and transform itself into a transportation hub, include the ongoing construction of five airports in Kashgar, Aksu, Yining, Yutian and Zhaosu, and the construction of five new airports in Turpan, Taxkorgan, Qitai, Bayanbulak and Barkol.
According to the group, it is accelerating the resumption of work and construction projects as the COVID-19 outbreak wanes in China. New terminals at Yining and Aksu airports will be put into operation in July and August, respectively.
Work on Taxkorgan and Turpan airports will start at the end of April and June, respectively, with construction on the remaining three new airports beginning in late October.