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China Opens £13.5bn Mega-Airport In Beijing With World’s Biggest Terminal

Designed by Late Iraqi-British Architect, Zaha Hadid.

The Chinese President, Xi Jinping chaired the inauguration of a 2nd International Airport in Beijing with a terminal dubbed as the world’s biggest.

The Beijing Daxing International Airport, developed in less than 5 years for 120 billion yuan, an equivalent of $16.8bilion has a carrying capacity of 72 million passengers in 365 days.

See Inside the brand new £13.5billion Beijing Daxing International Airport

Beijing Daxing International Airport, developed in less than 5 years for 120 billion yuan, an equivalent of $16.8bilion has a carrying capacity of 72 million passengers

Travelers using the airport will have to walk more than 600 meters before reaching any boarding gate

Reportedly, the airline’s 1st commercial flight, the China Southern Airline bound for the Southern Province of Guangdong, on Wednesday. Accordingly, six more flights later took off for Shanghai and various destinations.

The country’s capital main airport is currently the world’s second-busiest after the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

An aerial view of the new Beijing Daxing International Airport

The airline’s 1st Commerical Airline, the China Southern Airline bound for the Southern Province of Guangdong, on Wednesday

Check-in staff at the airport get prepared to welcome the very first passengers

Daxing International Airport, designed by Late Iraq-British Architect, Zaha Hadid entails a terminal branded as the world’s biggest at a 1 million square meters. Travelers using the airport will have to walk more than 600 meters before reaching any boarding gate.

The airport is, however, 30 miles south of downtown Beijing and has four runways. There is a plan for 3 or more runways. Interestingly, domestic and foreign carriers are planning to head to the new airport for their operations.

The airport is, however, 30 miles south of downtown Beijing and has four runways

Airport staff carry Chinese flags during the first day of operation 

While local partners, including China Southern Airlines and Eastern Airlines, are equally expected to relocate, Air France and Delta decision on whether to relocate has not been confirmed

The Cathay Pacific, Finnair, and British Airways have disclosed a new path to tap into the potential of the modern-built aviation hub. Similarly, the SkyTeam Alliance, including the Dutch Airline KLM, Air France and Delta are also expected to move the new hub. 

While local partners, including China Southern Airlines and Eastern Airlines, are equally expected to relocate, Air France and Delta decision on whether to relocate has not been confirmed.

A staff member stands near shops in the terminal hall after the launching ceremony

Guests gather in the brand new airport for its launch ceremony

The Chinese President, Xi Jinping chaired the inauguration of a 2nd International Airport in Beijing with a terminal dubbed as the world’s biggest

Beijing has a 3rd airport, Nanyuan for its domestic flights. But the government has revealed that it would be shut down once the Daxing International Airport is functioning.

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