We also focus on developing other markets besides Shan

ai, by following strategies of differentiated competition, and to further tap the huge demand emerged from

potential markets,” said Zhang Wu’an, vice-president and spokesman for Spring Airlines.

“For domestic flights, the newly added flight times at first-tier airports were quite scarce

last year, and the scale expansion of second-tier airports was slowing down. Facing the bottlenecks of capa

city increase, we need to build a more diverse and tridimensional flight network and hub structure,” he said.

In the meantime, Shandong province in East China will spend 430 million yuan ($64 million) this ye

ar to support the infrastructure building and service improvement of its airports in Jinan, Do

ngying, Yantai, Weifang, Jining, Weihai, Linyi and Rizhao, according to Shandong Province Finance Bureau.

Particularly, the local government said it will spend 4.8 million yuan to subsidize small and medium-sized airports – with a

nnual passenger throughput of less than 2 million – to alleviate their operational and financial pressures.

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