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Provincial Aviation Merger Plan May Clip Wings of Shenzhen’s Ambition

By Lin Jinbing, Huang Rong and Han Wei
The Guangdong provincial government is studying the feasibility of merging the airports of the three largest cities under its jurisdiction — Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai — to boost regional integration, but Shenzhen city officials are resisting the plan. Above, the new terminal of Shenzhen Baoan International Airport officially opened on Nov. 28, 2013. Photo: CNS
The Guangdong provincial government is studying the feasibility of merging the airports of the three largest cities under its jurisdiction — Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai — to boost regional integration, but Shenzhen city officials are resisting the plan. Above, the new terminal of Shenzhen Baoan International Airport officially opened on Nov. 28, 2013. Photo: CNS

The Shenzhen government has for years wanted the city’s airport to expand into an international hub that connects the technology powerhouse with the rest of the world.

But a proposal put forth by Guangdong provincial authorities to consolidate the ownership of three airports may bring Shenzhen’s ambitions back down to earth.

Sources close to the matter said the provincial government is studying the feasibility of merging the airports of the three largest cities under its jurisdiction — Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai — as part of efforts to boost regional integration.

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