THE WORLD’S BIGGEST AIRPORT WILL OPEN IN 2019

It was designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid, the Beijing New Airport will be open in the southern Daxing district in 2019. With the city’s existing airport at capacity, Beijing’s new international airport will serve the world’s fastest growing aviation sector. Initially accommodating 72 million passengers per year (630,000 flights each year on 4 runways), the new airport is designed for further expansion to accommodate 100 million passengers and 4 million tonnes of cargo annually.

Innovative design features within the new 700,000 square-meter terminal will include a central hub with six curved spikes with walkways that connect to one point to make navigating the terminal easier.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.

“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.

Construction is also taking place on a high-speed railway station that passengers will be able to use to get the airport, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China recently announced. The new airport will help ease travel times, with Beijing’s Capital International Airport currently recognized as the second busiest in the world.

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