Beijing’s new airport, set to open in 2019, will be the world’s biggest.
It will be located in the southern Daxing District and will serve as a way to meet the growing needs of air transport in Beijing and enhance China’s aviation presence. China’s Big Three (China Eastern, China Southern, and Air China) will be put together under the same roof for the first time as Beijing becomes the world’s biggest aviation hub.
The new airport has been designated by authorities as the hub for members of the SkyTeam Alliance, a global group that includes China Eastern and China Southern. The two Chinese carriers will be allowed to capture 40% of the airport’s passengers.
Design and Infrastructure
Visitors will find an array of open and expansive luxurious interiors filled with civic gardens for a unique experience. The airport will also count with separate passenger areas for international and domestic flights to create a more compact building and reduce travel times.
“The overall symmetry of the airport terminal design, together with its flowing, interconnected forms, create a fluid composition which evokes the harmony and balance evidence in Chinese landscapes, while its colors and materials are an expression of visual language within traditional Chinese culture,” states Zaha Hadid Architecture’s website.
The initial opening phase of the airport will have four runways, while two later phases will lead to additional areas that can push the airport’s capacity to 100 million passengers a year.
Source: travelandleisure, bloomberg