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  • This is Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone
    Source:WhereZhengzhou  Date:10/9/2021  

    By 2025, the regional GDP will hit 200 billion yuan, the built-up area will reach 130 square kilometers, and the permanent population will grow to 1 million.

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    In its 14th Five-Year Plan, the Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone (ZAEZ) sets goals as follows:

    ZAEZ aims to build itself into an international aviation logistics center and a rising, highly efficient international integrated transportation hub driven by air and rail transport. By that time, Zhengzhou Airport is expected to handle 45 million passengers and 1 million tons of cargo and mail annually.

    ZAEZ aims to develop a modern industrial base featuring booming aviation industry. It will form several internationally influential industrial clusters in such fields as aviation logistics, high-end manufacturing, and modern service industries, with enterprises' prime operating revenue expected to reach 800 billion yuan.

    ZAEZ aims to act as an important gateway for inland areas to connect with the outside world. It will continue to deepen the Zhengzhou-Luxembourg "dual hub" model and make breakthroughs in building major open platforms such as the expansion area of the Xinzheng Comprehensive Bonded Zone and the expansion area of the Henan Pilot Free Trade Zone.

    ZAEZ aims to become a modern aviation metropolis. During the 14th Five-Year Plan period, the core areas of the Airport New City, the Air-Rail New City, and the Shuanghehu Science and Technology City will be essentially completed, with a total built-up area of around 130 square kilometers.

    ZAEZ aims to be a core pillar of growth in the high-quality development of the Zhengzhou Metropolitan Area, with the growth rate of its main economic indicators surpassing the provincial and municipal average. The total economic output will account for one tenth that of Zhengzhou City, and the total foreign trade value will amount to about 80% of the Zhengzhou Metropolitan Area's total.

    Why such ambitious goals? ZAEZ has gained confidence from its accelerated hub-oriented development over the past five years, during which, it managed to leverage the advantageous traffic location of Zhengzhou to gain impressive results in opening up, making new space for regional high-quality development as an inland city.

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    Since the beginning of the 13th Five-Year Plan period, ZAEZ has significantly improved its overall strength. The regional GDP has reached 104.12 billion yuan, 1.7 times that of 2015, with an average annual growth rate of 11.4%. The accumulative investment in fixed assets has totaled 281.5 billion yuan, an average annual growth rate of 7.7%. The general public budget revenue has risen to 6.54 billion yuan, an average annual growth rate of 12.9%. The total value of foreign trade has reached 444.7 billion yuan, an average annual growth rate of 7%, accounting for 66.8% of the province's total and 89.9% of the city's. Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport has achieved the highest passenger and cargo volume in central China for four consecutive years, ranking 11thand 6th respectively among large airports in the country. The Airport ranked among the world's top 50 by cargo throughput.

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    Going forward, ZAEZ will continue to proceed with the Zhengzhou South Railway Station project. Specifically, it will accelerate the construction and operation of station buildings and yards, speed up the construction of supporting public facilities, platforms, and surrounding roads, as well as the air-rail transfer center, the high-speed rail logistics center, the tourist center, and the long-distance passenger transport center. In terms of the rail traffic system, ZAEZ will complete the second phase of the suburban line, scheme and implement the Automated People Mover (APM) System connecting Zhengzhou Airport and Zhengzhou South Railway Station, build the Zhengzhou-Xuchang Intercity Railway, and coordinate the construction of the Zhengzhou-Dengfeng-Luoyang Intercity Railway and the Zhengzhou Metropolitan Area Rail Transit Lines S3 and S4, facilitating the formation of a "2-hour traffic circle" that covers all major cities in the Central Plains City Cluster and a "3-hour traffic circle" that efficiently connects surrounding provincial capital cities.

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    This is the Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone, a terminus of the "Aerial Silk Road" that makes it possible for Zhengzhou, an inland city, to establish contact with the rest of world, and for Henan to expand its opening up.

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