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Kinmen seeks role in construction of airport on Xiamen

Staff writer, with CNA

Kinmen County, which is less than 10km from Xiamen on China’s southeastern coast, has expressed interest in jointly building and operating a new international airport being planned for the Chinese city.

During a meeting with an official from the Xiamen Municipal Bureau of Planning and other Kinmen officials on Sunday, Kinmen County Commissioner Li Wo-shi (李沃士) said he hoped the county could take part in both the construction and operation of the new airport to help boost Kinmen’s capacity to cater to travelers.

An expansion of Kinmen airport was completed late last year, but the facility’s maximum capacity of 3.9 million passengers per year would be reached in five years, Li said, which poses a problem because the airport cannot be expanded further.

Having the use of the airport in Xiamen would be a solution to Kinmen airport’s capacity problem, Li said, adding that he would submit a proposal on the matter to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.

Kinmen’s idea of jointly building and operating the Xiamen airport follows a previous proposal by the county to build a bridge connecting it to Xiamen.

During Sunday’s meeting, representatives from both sides agreed to hire a consulting firm to carry out a feasibility study on the joint venture.

Li also asked the county government to create a designated communication channel with its Xiamen counterpart to further discuss the issue.

Xiamen is currently reclaiming land around the Dadeng and Xiaodeng islands to create a 26km2 plot of land for the new airport.

The airport is to have four runways, according to the construction plan.

The facility is expected to become operational in 2020.

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