Air transportation is a major public transportation mode in China. Over the last one or two decades, the civil aviation industry in the country has developed to a significant extent. China Airports include both domestic and international airports.
China had 180 civil aviation airports within the mainland area in 2011. Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA), and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) are the major international airports in the country.
Beijing Capital International Airport is situated 27 km northeast of the center of the city. The airport experiences the maximum volume of passenger traffic every year. In 2012, Beijing Capital Airport officially overtook London's Heathrow to become the world's second-busiest international air-hub, only after the Atlanta's Hartsfield International in Georgia, USA, with 88m passengers in 2009.
The two international airports in Shanghai are regulated by the Shanghai Airport Authority. The international airport in Guangzhou started its operations in 2004. It is situated about 28 km from the city center. The 30 busiest airports in Mainland China are given as follows: