U.S. media: China to start civil flights to Yongxing Island in August

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Yao Jianing
2016-06-17 17:46

An aerial view of the airport on China's Yongxing Island in the South China Sea

BEIJING, June 17 (ChinaMil) -- The civil aviation business is scheduled to begin in August of this year at the Yongxing Island, the largest island among the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea, according to the website of the Voice of America (VOA).

The Sansha Yongxing Airport Management Co., Ltd. (SYAM) is now recruiting personnel for its positions including deputy manager, flight control supervisor, air traffic controllers, weather forecast supervisor, weather forecasters, weather observers as well as doctors and nurses with the working locations being in either Haikou or Sansha cities in China’s Hainan province, and those who work in Sansha City can enjoy a certain amount of working allowance, according to the VOA website.

The Yongxing Airport which is managed by the SYAM, a subordinate of the Hainan Airlines Airport Group, is a feeder airport for both military and civilian purposes. The airport’s construction work started in 1990.

Being the first airport built by China on its islands in the South China Sea, it was designed for take-off and landing of such aircraft types as Airbus A320 and Boeing 737, according to the VOA website.

It takes 13 hours by ship from Wenchang City of Hainan province to the Yongxing Island, where the Sansha City government is located, which is the only means of transportation to the island in the past, but after civil flights are accessible to the island, it takes only four hours from Beijing to the island, according to the U.S. Fox News website at the end of May of this year.

To date, China has built four airports on its islands in the South China Sea, and two civil airplanes successfully landed at the airdrome on its Yongshu Reef in the South China Sea in January of this year, the Fox News website reported.

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