Beijing’s new airport, Daxing International, is due to open in 2019 and will feature the world’s largest terminal building. The steel structure of the building was completed in June — a major milestone in the construction process. Once operational, the new airport will receive up to 72 million passengers and two million tons of cargo each year by 2025. The airport will include seven runways, 78 gates, a capsule hotel and transportation hub.
The terminal building is the only one in the world to be designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid, before she died in March 2016. Her firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, will complete the work along with French airport planning and project management specialists, ADPI. China Eastern Airlines will build a $1.9bn base at the airport where its aircraft maintenance, catering, ground services, cargo handling and employee accommodation will be located.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China recorded an increase of 12% in domestic and international journeys made in China in 2016 from 2015. The country also has a developing middle class looking to expand its travel horizons. China’s current airports are increasingly over-stretched, with Beijing Capital International the world’s second busiest. The new airport is aiming to cater for 100 million passengers annually further down the line.
Costing an estimated $13bn, Beijing Daxing International Airport’s 7.5 million sq ft passenger terminal building has been designed to be user-friendly, efficient and adaptable for future growth. Its futuristic design fuses style with functionality, aiming to minimise passenger walking distances. The furthest gate will be only eight minutes’ walk from the security area, making it easier and quicker to get from ground transportation to gates.
Beijing Daxing International Airport is located 29 miles south of the city center in Daxing District — 42 miles away from the existing Beijing Capital Airport. A transportation hub will provide the airport with public transportation links to high-speed rail, metro, expressways, Beijing Airport Bus routes, local buses and inter-airport transportation system for easy transit to Beijing, Hebei and Tianjin.