Cap­i­tal city will get a third in­ter­na­tional air­port

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Beijing will get a new in­ter­na­tional air­port ca­pa­ble of han­dling 620,000 pas­sen­ger flights and 72 mil­lion pas­sen­gers each year.

The cen­tral gov­ern­ment ap­proved the con­struc­tion plan for the project, which will be the city’s third air­port. It will in­volve in­vest­ment of almost 80 bil­lion yuan ($13.1 bil­lion) and take about five years to com­plete, the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion said.

It will be lo­cated 46 kilo­me­ters (28.58 miles) south of Tian’an­men Square in Dax­ing dis­trict, and is ex­pected to be­come op­er­a­tional in 2018. A 66-km rapid tran­sit line will be built to link the city’s north­ern ar­eas to the new air­port. Pas­sen­gers will spend less than 30 min­utes get­ting to the city cen­ter from the air­port.

The air­port will in­clude a 700,000 square-me­ter ter­mi­nal.

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