Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN), China Southern Airlines’ home base, plans to open 30 international routes in the next three years, according to airport chairman Qiu Jiachen.

“We will try to join hands with carriers home and abroad to open more European routes to such (secondary) cities as Madrid because we have used up the traffic rights to European major cities,” Qiu said. “[We will also] boost capacities on existing routes to Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland in an effort to build Guangzhou Baiyun as the gateway between Europe and Oceania, taking advantage of Guangzhou’s geographical location—in accordance with China Southern’s ‘Canton Route’ strategy.”

“In the meantime, we also plan to open new intercontinental routes to Chicago, Boston, Casablanca and some capital cities of Asian countries,” Qiu added.

Hainan Airlines will reportedly open a new international service to Tel Aviv starting from Baiyun Aug. 2 with 3X-weekly flights operated by Boeing 787s.

As one of the three biggest aviation hubs in China, Guangzhou Baiyun operates over 300 routes to more than 210 destinations home and abroad, including 157 international routes by more than 75 domestic carriers and international carriers.

With the opening of Terminal 2 in April, Baiyun is expected to handle more than 70 million passengers and 1.9 million tonnes cargo loads this year. As of June 24, Baiyun’s passenger throughput increased by 7.4% year-over-year to 33.1 million in which passenger numbers jumped 10.8% to 8.2 million on international routes while cargo traffic volumes grew 5.7% to 860,000 tonnes.

Based on the airport’s long-term development strategy, Guangzhou Baiyun targets handling 80 million passengers and 2.3 million tonnes cargo loads annually by 2020 and carrying 100 million passengers and 3.5 million cargo loads annually by 2025.

In 2017, Guangzhou Baiyun handled 65.8 million passengers—up 10.2% YOY, which included 50.6 million domestic passengers and 15.1 million international passengers, up 20% YOY.

Guangdong Airport Authority, the operator of Guangzhou Baiyun airport, will host the 2018 World Route Development Forum in September.