BEIJING – Beijing’s new airport, a massive international air transport hub capable of handling 100 million passengers annually, is set to become the world’s largest once it is completed in 2019.
The airport, which has not been named yet, will have a total area of 27.3 square kilometres (equivalent to 63 Tiananmen Squares), with a total investment of about $11.67 billion.
It will have four runways, a tarmac with 150-passenger aircraft parking bays and a 700,000 square metres terminal area.
Speaking to a group of foreign journalists visiting the construction site, Li Jianhua, project manager at Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG), the company responsible for the construction of the main terminal, said, “We have completed 80 percent of the airport. It will become the world’s single largest airport terminal upon completion.”
The main terminal, which has just been completed, has a built-in glass rooftop for natural illumination, with the ceiling made of interconnected pipes, creating an appealing effect.
Mr Li said in the initial phase the airport is designed to handle 45 million passengers with four runways, which will be ready by September 2019. It is expected to receive 72 million passengers by 2025, with 268 aircraft parking bays, which will be able to accommodate 620,000 flights per year.
The airport will be connected to major expressways, an inter-city train, high-speed train stations – which will be bound for Xiongan’s New Area in neighboring Hebei province – as well as the subway system.
Beijing now has two international airports that serve commercial flights – the Beijing Capital International Airport and the Beijing Nanyuan Airport.
The Beijing Capital International Airport is believed to be the world’s second largest and busiest, handling 95.8 million passengers in 2017.