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August 12, 2021updated 15 Aug 2021 5:38pm

China’s new Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport starts operations

The airport will connect the Qingdao region to nearly 130 domestic destinations across the country.

Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport (TAO) has officially opened in east China’s Shandong Province.

Xinhuanet reported that the new airport has been built to handle large aircrafts such as the Airbus A380 and is ranked as 4F.

The completed first phase of the airport encompasses 16.25km², entailing an investment of $5.5bn (CNY36.04bn).

The airport will have the capacity to annually manage 35 million passengers, cargo of 500,000 tonnes and 300,000 aircraft take-offs and landings by 2025.

It will reportedly provide connectivity to nearly 130 domestic destinations across the country, including major cities.

Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport will also link the Qingdao region to 50 international destinations including 17 in Japan and the Republic of Korea.

Additionally, the airport provides access to the metro and high-speed rail services.

With the new airport commencing operations, the authorities have reportedly shut Qingdao Liuting International Airport.

Qingdao Airport Group also announced that the second phase of the Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport has started.

Once completed, the airport is said to annually handle 55 million passengers, cargo throughput of one million tonnes and 452,000 aircraft take-offs and landings by 2045.

Earlier this week, Terminal 3 at Lhasa Gonggar Airport was officially opened in south-west China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.

China’s Global Times reported that the new terminal involved an investment of $603m.

Construction works for Terminal 3 began in 2017, as the key project, which was included in the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) period.

With a total area of about 88,000m², Terminal 3 is a two-and-a-half-storey structure, with the upper floor said to be completely dedicated for departures. The middle floor will be used for arrival and the ground floor features a reception area, baggage claim and sorting halls and a long-distance flight waiting hall.

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