Beijing will start construction of a new airport in the capital on Friday that will become operational in 2019.
The project, which was given final approval by the National Development and Reform Commission last week, will involve nearly 80 billion yuan ($13.1 billion) of investment, making it the costliest project in China’s civil aviation history.
The airport is planned to handle 72 million passengers, 2 million metric tons of cargo and 620,000 flights annually after 2025.
The new hub, which has not been officially named, will be in Daxing district, 46 km south of Tian’anmen Square. It will be 67 km from Beijing Capital International Airport.
It will include four runways, 150 parking aprons for passenger jets, 24 parking aprons for cargo aircraft, 14 maintenance areas and a terminal building with a floor area of 700,000 square meters.
A 66-km rapid transit line will be built to link northern areas of the city to the new airport. Once completed, it will take passengers less than 30 minutes to get to the airport from the city center.
Beijing Capital, located in northeast Beijing and which served 83.7 million passengers in 2013, was listed as the second-busiest airport in the world last year by passenger numbers. Beijing Nanyuan, which is controlled by the Chinese air force, will be relocated within 5 years to the new location.
fot. China Daily