China is preparing to open a new large airport south of Beijing, the world's second-busiest aviation hub, and will open before the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.
The first commercial airliner is expected to take off from Beijing Daxing International Airport on September 20, according to state media in China.
The new airport will pave the way for more flights to and from China, as the number of passengers at Beijing's existing international airport usually reaches its maximum capacity, making the idea of increasing flights at certain times almost impossible. In 2018, more
than 100 million passengers passed through the airport's 3 terminals, making it the second-only airport in the world, with passenger traffic, behind Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport.
The multi-billion-dollar airport, designed for the future, was designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid along with her Chinese partners, to include four runways and a 97-size football stadium during the first phase of its opening.
The airport will feature a customer service robot, which is supposed to provide flight updates and travel information. The initial “modest” operational target is to absorb 72 million passengers and 2 million tonnes of cargo per year by 2025.
The huge and ambitious plan requires the construction of seven runways, the transport of at least 100 million passengers and 4 million tons of cargo per year at the airport.
Construction of the $ 11.5 billion project in 2014 requires more than 40,000 manpower, and the airport has distinctive touches for the designer Hadid, such as the introduction of natural glittering light through 8,000 roof windows. The airport, nicknamed the "Star of
the Sea" by the Chinese state media, because of its shape, seeks to address the problems suffered by travelers, such as long walks to reach the gates and the busy airport location.
Therefore, officials at the airport promised that the distance will not exceed 600 meters, equivalent to 8 minutes of walking, between checkpoints and gates.
Officials said they had not only built an airport, but also built an integrated transport center, which includes high-speed rail from the city center to the airport just below the station. Of 20 minutes.
Some argue that the massive construction will exacerbate delays in flights in Beijing, already rated near the bottom of the performance lists on time between airports around the world. There is no indication that the Chinese military, which controls much of the
country's airspace, will loosen its grip to give planes more room to maneuver.
However, airline executives expect a reduction in delays at the new airport, due to its multi-directional design of the corridor that improves operational efficiency in the air, as well as its location south of Beijing.