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Massive boost to US-China flights

China is in the midst of an airport building boom


China and the US have signed a deal which should increase the number of flights between the two by 460%.

The agreement foresees a gradual rise over the next six years from the current 54 flights a week to 249.

It also looks to more than double the number of airlines permitted to run services between the US and China from four to nine.

The news comes as Chinese state media reported domestic air traffic soared by 37% in the first quarter of 2004.

The rapid rise in passenger numbers to more than 46 million - almost one in 25 of China's population - follows the country's breakneck growth, which topped 9% on an annual basis in the three months to March.

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