Arguing that civil aviation promotes economic growth, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is defending its policy of building airports before air traffic demand justifies them. As a developing country, China must maintain its policy of building civil aviation infrastructure in advance of requirements, CAAC Director-General Li Jiaxiang says in state media reports. Unprofitable airports boost the economy by 2-3 trillion yuan ($320-480 billion), Li says, quoting annual ...

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