SHENZHEN and Chek Lap Kok airports would not be in competition, the vice-mayor of Shenzhen, Mr Wang Zhongfu, said yesterday. Asked if the Shenzhen airport would replace Hongkong's new airport in the future, Mr Wang said the Central Government had clear directions that Hongkong affairs should be left to Hongkong people. And he stressed that the two airports would be complementary, in the same way as the two economies depended on each other. China has reportedly suggested Hongkong businessmen consider scrapping the plan to build Chek Lap Kok and use Shenzhen airport instead. Mr Wang believed that, as Shenzhen and Hongkong developed, an increasing number of people would use the two airports. The Shenzhen airport could help relieve the traffic of Chek Lap Kok and vice versa. He said there was a need for Shenzhen's transportation system to meet international standard and the construction of the airport was a vital part for the development of the city. He disclosed that Shenzhen airport's second phase developments would start at the end of the year and would take two or three years to complete. It would include the construction of a second runway, 3.8 kilometres long and 70 metres wide, and a second airport terminal, which would have a floor area of 100,000 square metres. The vice-mayor also disagreed with claims that the development of the Yantian port would be a competitor to Hongkong or threaten the survival of Container Terminal 9. He said the Yantian port was to serve the 30 provinces in China and could not replace any port or Container Terminal 9. He said both Yantian and Hongkong container terminals could exist side by side. Mr Wang also revealed that the average per capita income in Shenzhen was in excess of 10,000 yuan (about HK$13,460) last year, compared with 7,000 yuan in 1991. He said he hoped it could reach 20,000 to 30,000 yuan by the year 2000. Meanwhile, it is understood that 90 per cent of all the contracts relating to the seven Government-funded airport core projects will be awarded by 1994, according to the Government's current timetable. A member of the Chinese side of the Joint Liaison Group Airport Committee, Mr Chen Keqiang, yesterday said he did not know the date of the committee's next meeting. Asked how could the airport problem be solved, he said it could be done if both sides observed the Memorandum of Understanding.