New Air­port Takes Off

March 1, 2018

NewsChina - - SOCIETY -

Bei­jing’s new in­ter­na­tional air­port, lo­cated 46 kilo­me­ters south of down­town Bei­jing, will start trial op­er­a­tions in Oc­to­ber 2019. The air­port, de­signed to re­lieve pres­sure from the over­crowded Bei­jing Cap­i­tal In­ter­na­tional Air­port, is ex­pected to han­dle 620,000 flights, 100 mil­lion pas­sen­gers and four mil­lion tons of cargo an­nu­ally. The air­port’s ter­mi­nal build­ings cover a space of 313,000 square me­ters, fea­tur­ing a cen­ter­piece and five arms like a phoenix ex­tend­ing its wings. The air­port will be­come an in­te­grated trans­porta­tion hub that com­prises high-speed trains, ex­press­ways and rail tran­sit sys­tems, and will play a piv­otal role in ac­cel­er­at­ing the eco­nomic growth of Bei­jing, Tian­jin and the Xion­gan New Area. It is one of China’s mega en­gi­neer­ing projects that rep­re­sent the coun­try’s unique wis­dom in ar­chi­tec­ture, de­sign and crafts­man­ship. Newschina re­porters have gained an in­side ac­count of the air­port’s role, lo­ca­tion, de­sign con­cepts and con­struc­tion chal­lenges af­ter in­ter­views with ur­ban de­sign of­fi­cials, chief de­sign­ers of the air­port and se­nior pol­icy-mak­ers.

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