Beijing Capital International Airport’s new fourth runway is set to enter operational service in 2018, as part of efforts to increase capacity and ease traffic congestion.
To be built as a short auxiliary runway for the east runway, construction on the 2,800m-long runway will soon start and on completion it will be used for arriving aircraft, reported China Daily.
Airport planning and development department head Luo Liang was quoted by the news agency as saying: "The construction of the new runway will start soon and be finished before the end of 2017."
According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the departure punctuality rate at Beijing Capital International airport was less than 70%, serving more than 86 million passengers on 582,000 flights in 2014.
Projected to add eight million passengers yearly, the runway is expected to increase the airport’s on-time flight rate by 12%.
Beijing Capital International airport currently handles 89 flights hourly during peak hours, and the new fourth runway is expected to bring the flights to up to 115.
The airport recently renovated its oldest runway, which has been operating since 1958.
Liang added that the airport also has plans to upgrade the other runways in the near future.
Furthermore, Beijing’s new airport is set to open in 2018.
The airport is expected to handle an annual passenger volume of 45 million in 2020, 72 million in 2025 and 100 million in the longer term, atwonline.com has reported.
Image: An aerial view of Beijing Capital International Airport. Photo: courtesy of AcidBomber at en.wikipedia.