Overview of Airport Economy Zone
Development Plan of Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone was approved by the State Council on March 7,
2013, and the Airport Economy Zone is the first national airport economy comprehensive pilot
project of China so far as well as an important part of the national strategies of Henan Province.
The Airport Economy Zone, 25 kilometers to the southeast of Zhengzhou and with an approved
planning area of 747 square kilometers, is a comprehensive hub integrating aviation, high-speed
railway, inter-city railway, subway and highway that can realize the seamless connection of
"railway, road and aviation". As the first aviation economy-led national new district approved by
the nation as well as the core growth pole of the Central Plains Economic Zone, the Airport
Economy Zone will undertake domestic and international industry transfer positively, develop
aviation logistics, aviation-oriented high-end manufacture and modern service industry vigorously,
and strive to build a modern, ecological, livable, intelligent and innovative aviation city that
links the world through policy innovation, system innovation and mode innovation.
II. Development process
In October 2007, Henan Provincial Party Committee and Henan Provincial People's Government
approved the establishment of Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone in order to speed up the construction
of Zhengzhou as an international aviation hub. On October 24, 2010, Zhengzhou Xinzheng
Comprehensive Bonded Zone was established formally with the approval of the State Council. In
April 2011, Management Committee of Zhengzhou Xinzheng Comprehensive Bonded Zone (Zhengzhou
Airport Economy Zone) was set up as an agency of Henan Provincial People's Government with the
approval of Henan Provincial Party Committee and the Provincial People's Government according to
the spirit of the reply of the State Commission Office of Public Sectors Reform. On November 17,
2012, Planning of Central Plains Economic Zone was approved by the State Council, and the State
Council proposed building the Airport Economy Zone with Zhengzhou Airport as the main body, the
comprehensive bonded area and the related industrial parks as the carrier, the comprehensive
transportation hub as the support and the development of air freight as the breakthrough point. On
March 7, 2013, Development Planning of Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone (2013-2015) was approved by
the State Council, marking the formal start of the first pioneering area for development of
airport economy in the whole country.
III. Strategic positioning
On March 7, 2013, Chinese government approved the establishment of Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone.
The Airport Economy Zone has a planning area of 415 square kilometers and is positioned as:
(1). An international aviation logistics center.
We will construct Zhengzhou International Air Cargo Airport, further develop the aviation
logistics channels connecting important hub airports and major economies of the world, improve
the modern comprehensive transportation system linking land transport and aviation, improve
cargo transit, assembly and distribution ability, and develop the Airport Economy Zone into a
national important aviation logistics center.
(2). An aviation economy led modern industrial base.
We will bring into play the comprehensive leading role of air transport, strengthen the
driving force of innovation, attract high-end elements to gather, develop such key industries
as aviation equipment manufacture and maintenance, aviation logistics, etc. vigorously,
cultivate and expand aviation-related high-end manufacture and modern service industry,
promote the development of industrial cluster, and form an important node in the global
production and consumption supply chain.
(3). An important portal opening to the outside of inland China.
We will improve the function of the Airport Economy Zone as an open portal, promote the
development of the comprehensive bonded area and the bonded logistics center and the
construction of land and air port, improve the international business environment, upgrade the
level of participation in international industrial division, construct an open economic system
and build a new opening highland full of vigor.
(4). A modern aviation city.
We will set up the concept of ecological civilization, adhere to intensive, intelligent, green
and low carbon development, optimize the spatial layout of the Airport Economy Zone, construct
a comprehensive urban service area with high grade and high degree of internationalization by
rejuvenating the zone with aviation, promoting aviation through the zone and integrating
industry and the city, and form an aviation city supported jointly by functional areas for
aviation port, industry, living and ecology.
(5). Core growth pole of China's Central Plains Economic Zone.
We will strengthen industrial agglomeration and comprehensive service function, enhance
comprehensive strength, extend industry and service chain oriented to the surrounding areas,
promote the linked development with central urban area of Zhengzhou and Zhengbian New Area and
construct an area with the most development vigor and growth potential of the Central Plains
IV. Industrial development
We will prioritize the development of high-end industry with airport orientation and relevance,
cultivate airport high-end service function and knowledge innovation function, and build an
airport industrial system with distinct features and competitiveness under the integration frame
of the Central Plains Economic Zone.
Aviation logistics: we will focus on international transit logistics, air express logistics and
featured product logistics and improve such supporting service functions as distribution and
transshipment, warehousing and distribution, trade exhibition, processing, information service,
High-end manufacturing: we will give priority to development of aircraft equipment manufacturing &
maintenance, electronic information and biological medicine; build a production base of precision
machinery; and produce terminal and high-end products in a large scale, thereby driving the
development of automotive electronics, chilled & fresh food and cut flowers in surrounding areas.
Modern service industry: we will develop professional conference and exhibition, e-commerce,
aviation finance, R&D of science and technology, high-end commerce and trade, headquarter economy,
etc. energetically to create an industrial innovation center, production service center and
export-oriented economic development platform serving the region.
V. Spatial layout
(1). Spatial structure
With the Airport as the core and two "wings" spreading three major functional sections,
we will construct an urban spatial structure with "one core leading three areas,
two corridors linking three centers and two axes linking three rings" comprehensively.
One core leading three areas: with the Airport as the development pole, we will form an
airport core area around the Airport and form three areas, i.e. north, east and south, with
axis radiating to the surrounding.
Two corridors linking three centers: we will build two waterfront landscape corridors relying
on the south-to-north water division project and Xiaoqing River and form an "X"-shaped
ecological landscape skeleton. Meanwhile, we will form three urban centers based on urban
functions: public and cultural aviation business center in the north area, productive service
center in the south area and aviation conference, exhibition and trade center in the east
Two axes linking three rings: we will create a city development belt relying on the new G107
and Yingbin Avenue and form a cross-shaped main axis for city development in the Airport
Economy Zone. Meanwhile, we will form a three-ring skeleton comprising an airport function
ring, an urban core ring and an expansion and coordination ring based on the backbone network
(2). General layout
Core area of Airport Economy Zone: mainly develops functions of aviation hub, bonded
logistics, port service and aviation logistics.
Comprehensive urban service area: develops functions of business, aviation finance,
administrative culture, education and science research, living and industrial park.
Trading area of port trade fair: mainly consists of functions of aviation exhibition, high-end
trade, technical research and development, aviation logistics and innovation industry.
High-end manufacturing cluster: mainly consists of functions of high-end manufacturing,
aviation logistics, productive service and living.
VI. Create advantages
Actively integrate into the “One Belt, One Road” strategy and implement eastward and westward
development strategy to develop taking advantage of this kind momentum. Accelerate the
construction of the hub system, opening platform and business environment, realizing the idea of
“one breakthrough point and three levels”.
Strengthen the hub position of aviation
One of the eight regional hub airports
The geographical center of the three major economic centers
Aviation circle covering 90% of the national population within 2.5 hours
Covering 95% of the total national economy
“One network”, “two chains” and “four connected ports”
Build multimodal transport system
National asterisk-shape high-speed railway hub
Zhengzhou-Europe International Shuttle Trains
Important hub of national expressway and arterial highway
Intercity railway hub in Central Henan urban agglomeration
Build opening carrier platforms
Comprehensive bonded zone, export processing area and bonded logistics center
E-trade and electronic port
Railway container center station and international land port of Central Plains
Level 1 aviation and railway port
Improve international business environment
Management system of "two-level and three-layer"
Copy policies of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone
Comprehensively and deeply reform system innovation demonstration zone
VII.Development of economy and society
Against the backdrop of global economic recovery weakening and national economic growth slowing
within the "12th five-year plan" period, Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone (Zhengzhou Xinzheng
Comprehensive Bonded Zone) has always remained rising in the economic indicators. By the end of
2015, the Zone's GDP reached RMB52 billion Yuan, 6 times of that in 2010 and with year-on-year
increase of 21% and annual average growth of 43.3%; added value of above-scale industry achieved
RMB43 billion Yuan, 11 times of that in 2010 and with year-on-year increase of 25% and annual
average growth of 61.4%; investment in fixed assets realized RMB52 billion Yuan, 14.2 times of
that in 2010 and with year-on-year increase of 30% and annual average growth of 69.9%; general
public budget revenue amounted RMB2.95 billion Yuan, 18.4 times of that in 2010 and with
year-on-year increase of 39.4% and annual average growth of 79.1%; total export-import volume was
up to USD49 billion, 3,487 times of that in 2010 and with year-on-year increase of 30.1% and
annual average growth of 411.1%, accounting for more than 67.4% of the provincial volumes. All
indicators were much higher than the national, provincial and municipal average level.
In 2016, the Zone's GDP totaled RMB62.25 billion, up 13% from a year earlier to the largest in all
development zones of the city, its annual average growth being 38.8% compared with 2010,
contributing 11.7% to the increase of the city and accounting for 7.8% of that of the city; the
added value of above-scale industry amounted to RMB36.04 billion, up 13.6% from a year earlier to
the largest in all development zones of the city, its annual average growth being 52.4%,
contributing 27.3% to the increase of the city and accounting for 11.2% of that of the city; the
investment in fixed assets was up to RMB62.62 billion and grew faster than other development zones
of the city with the rate of 20% from a year earlier, its annual average growth being 60.4%; the
public budget revenue reached RMB3.3 billion, 18.3% higher than a year before; the public budget
expenditure reached RMB6.447 billion, in which the expenditure for people's livelihood was
RMB4.513 billion, accounting for 70% of the public budget expenditure. The GDP, added value of
above-scale industry and investment in fixed assets of the Zone grew by 13%, 13.6% and 20%
respectively to reach the 2nd, 1st and 3rd in the city, 4.9 percentage points, 5.6 percentage
points and 6.3 percentage points higher than the provincial growth rate and 4.6 percentage points,
7.6 percentage points and 8.7 percentage points higher than the municipal growth rate.
By 2016, 34 all-cargo air routes (including 29 international ones) and 187 passenger air routes
(including 26 international ones and 2 intercontinental ones) had been opened in Zhengzhou
Xinzheng International Airport; the passenger throughput was 20.76 million person-time, rising to
the 15th from the 21st in 2010, and the cargo throughput was 457,000 tons, rising to the 7th from
the 22nd in 2010.
VIII. Zhengzhou Xinzheng Comprehensive Bonded Zone
Zhengzhou Xinzheng Comprehensive Bonded Zone, covering an area of 5.073km2, was approved by the
State Council on Oct. 24, 2010 as the 1st comprehensive bonded zone in the central China and the
13th one in the whole China,
and started operation on Nov. 4, 2011. Now it has become a specific economic and functional area
of highest opening level, most preferential policies and complete functions. The Zone boasts "four
functions": bonded processing, bonded logistics, port-based operations and integrated services;
and carries out "nine businesses":warehouse logistics, foreign trade (international entrepot
trade), international purchase, allocation and distribution, international transfer, testing and
after-sales maintenance, product display, research & development, processing, and manufacturing,
with bonded processing, modern logistics, service trade, bonded R&D, detection and maintenance,
bonded exhibition and characteristic finance focused.
The total import and export values ranked the 2nd among the comprehensive bonded zones in China
for three consecutive years, namely 2012, 2013 and 2014. Therefore, the General Administration of
Customs commends Zhengzhou Xinzheng Comprehensive Bonded Zone as a model of "provincial
development driven by a crucial zone" and a pacesetter of comprehensive bonded zones in inland
IX. Work Arrangement
"2015-2017 Action Plan of Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone" has been formulated to quicken the
implementation of general requirements provided in Development Plan (2013-2025) of Zhengzhou
Airport Economy Zone,
support the building of "the Belt and Road Initiative", create an open economic highland in
inland areas, realize the strategic concept of "one breakthrough point and three layers" (that
is, Zhengzhou urban area, Central Plains Urban Agglomeration, and Henan Province and surrounding
areas are developed under the drive of Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone), and achieve the stated
objective under the joint efforts of provinces and cities. The three-year action plan targets
the "1,000 billion, 100 billion and 10 billion" project, which to be specific is to aim at
RMB1,000 billion of main operating income by the end of 2025 (500 billion in 2017 and 1,000
billion in 2025), to cultivate 2-3 new enterprises with main operating income exceeding RMB100
billion and 3-5 enterprises with main operating income more than RMB10 billion, and to reach
RMB10 billion in local financial revenue. Based on the Zone, "four major groups" including
airport, convention & exhibition logistics, Shuanghe lake and ancient city have been properly
arranged. Industrial projects and urban construction are developed hand in hand, to reinforce
the comprehensive guarantee and service capabilities.