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New school as district reaches for the sky
09/17/2018 Shanghai Daily


An entirely new School of Air Transport, part of the Shanghai Open University, has opened for its first admissions this semester.



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Students are aiming to become flight attendants or other aviation service workers after two and a half years of study and training.



The school was established to provide customized education for airlines to bridge the gap between the number of service workers they need and the graduates available.




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China’s aviation industry needs 130,000 new workers every year, but there are only about 15,000 suitable graduates. By 2020, the aviation industry will have 2.4 million workers.



The Changning District government, the China Air Transport Association and the Shanghai Open University jointly launched the school to meet the demand.




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The development of aviation services has already been a pillar of Changning’s economy.



The Hongqiao Aviation Service Pilot Zone has been established around Linkong and the east wing of the Hongqiao International Airport to provide services, such as aircraft maintenance and sales, air transport, air freight and ticketing.





The general office of the Shanghai government released a proposal last October to accelerate the construction of the Shanghai Hongqiao Linkong Economic Demonstration Zone. Hence, Linkong was upgraded to become an airport economic demonstration zone.



Now, the demonstration zone has grown into a cluster of aviation services enterprises, institutions and agencies, such as China Eastern Airlines, Spring Airlines, Suparna Airlines, the Shanghai Airport (Group) Co, the East China Regional Administration of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and the East China Air Traffic Management Bureau of the CAAC.



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Changning has planned to develop Linkong into a base for aviation services to attract higher value-added links in the aviation industry chain.

At the same time, the development of aviation services and related businesses is expected to enrich the stature and structure of the local shipping and aviation industries.




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