Big Smog: New airport under construction in Daxing to be biggest in the world

By Nikolai Blackie, February 10, 2015

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[Images from Sina News]

See below some concept design images that show what a new airport in Beijing will look like when it is completed and opened for business in 2019.  Beijing's only international airport at the moment, Beijing Capital, is currently working at overcapacity at 86 million people per year.

The new terminal, 46km south of the city on the border of Daxing district and Hebei province, will relieve the pressure by adding a capacity of 45 million per year and balancing out the service between the two airports to accommodate 100 million passengers annually. Construction has already begun and is expected to finish by July 2019.

The design for the Daxing International Airport comes from a partnership between Iraqi-British Dame Zaha Hadid, architect of the Yinhe SOHO building and the Guangzhou Opera House, and ADP Ingénierie, owners of Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports in Paris.

This will be the second time a British architect has been involved in Beijing's International Capital airport, after its third terminal was built from Norman Foster's designs in 2008.

The location of the airport will also make it easier for Tianjin and southern Hebei residents to access international travel, with Tianjin's Binhai serving only a limited number of foreign destinations.

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