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Beijing’s Aviation Sector at Low Altitudes: A New Growth Engine for the Economy

China Introduces Action Plan for Commercializing Flying Cars in “Low-Altitude Economy”

Beijing’s Aviation Sector at Low Altitudes: A New Growth Engine for the Economy

Beijing plans to establish the aviation sector for low-altitude airspace as a new growth engine for the economy, according to its first action plan released by the central government. This move is aimed at enhancing China’s aerospace industry and embracing innovative aviation technology to boost economic growth. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is leading this initiative, which includes pilot programs for electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL), or air taxis, that will be introduced in regions like Guangdong province, Hong Kong, and Macau. By 2030, Beijing plans to have a new aviation equipment industry in place that will operate at low altitudes to offer intelligent and eco-friendly air travel and ferry services across various sectors of society. The idea of a “low-altitude economy” was first mentioned in the government work report during the annual parliamentary meetings that concluded on March 11.

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