Shenzhen plans to build a new runway and a new terminal in an effort to become a transit hub for domestic and international flights, according to Wu Xiaoming, director of the airport department of the city's transportation commission.
The preliminary preparation for the plan has started, Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reported yesterday, citing comments made by Wu.
In addition, Metro Line 11, which is under construction and is scheduled to open in 2016, will go directly to the city's airport.
The planned terminal, T4, will also be home to a bus station and a railway station connected to the inter-city railway of Huizhou, Dongguan and Shenzhen, as well as the Shenzhen-Maoming railway.
The city's two plans regarding the airport development have received approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, according to Wu.
Shenzhen will encourage airlines to open international flight routes at the city's airport in an effort to increase the airport's appeal to customers, the paper said.
"The airports in both Guangzhou and Hong Kong are 'hub airports' that are granted State support. Residents travel abroad via the airports in these two cities. It will take about one year for Shenzhen to cultivate a passenger base for an international flight market," said Wu.
"Shenzhen will open international flight routes, including intercontinental routes, next year," said Wu.
The airport also plans to be able to provide 24-hour checkpoint and 72-hour transit-without-visa services, the paper said.
The city's airport currently has 151 flight routes reaching 12 countries and 102 cities, according to the industry development report released by the commission Tuesday.
The airport handled more than 32.26 million passengers and 913,000 tons of cargos last year.
By September this year, it had handled more than 26.58 million passengers, a 10-percent increase compared with the same period last year, according to the report.
The city aspires to raise the airport's passenger capacity to 52 million a year by 2025.