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Beijing opens glitzy airport ahead of China’s 70th anniversary

Beijing Daxing International

A new airport in Beijing which opened by xi Jinping is possible to become the busiest airport. Xi briefed this star-fish shaped airport at a ceremony inside the huge terminal, a few days before the country celebrated a grant celebration of 70 years of communist rule.

46 kilometers south of Tiananmen Square, daxing airport will operate a full capacity in 2040. It has 8 runways and the potential to receive 100 million passengers per year. This airport is an embodiment of the “Chinese dream” which xi has to offer his fellow citizens.

Foreign and domestic carriers announced to move his plans to this new airport. British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Finnair announced their new routes to Daxing to the potential of new aviation hub. The SkyTeam alliance including Delta, Air France Dutch Airlines, were expected to move over to this airport with their partners eastern airlines and china southern airlines.

When contacted to AFP last week, Delta and Air France said that decided airport is not yet made. The third-largest Chinese airline, china air, is expected to keep flying its bulk of flights from Beijing. John Strickland said, switching the airport can become a complex decision for airlines.

Airlines would prefer to see a newly opened airport to overcome teething problems. According to Chinese tracking app umetrip, the maiden flight is scheduled at 3:30 pm.

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Soaring growth

At 700,000 square meters, the structure of a new airport will be the world’s largest airport. Zaha Hadid, Iraqi-British architect designed its building. In this airport use of natural light is possible through opening the roofs.

There is underneath a train station to reach travelers to the main city in 20 minutes. If rail and road links will be included then the project cost would 120 or 400 billion yuan. According to its design, Daxing would be the world’s largest signal terminal in terms of traveler capacity.

Atlanta airport in US is the world’s largest airport can receive more than 100 million passengers across to two terminals. The world’s second-largest Beijing airport is already facing overflowing with 100 million passengers annually.

Shukor Yusof, head of Malaysia-based aviation said that Daxing is an extension of phenomenal growth in China market. According to the international air transport association, it is expected that the US will become the world’s biggest aviation market by the mid -2020.

The organization estimates that the country will have 1.6 billion plane journeys each year – a billion more than in 2017.


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