Shenyang Taoxian International Airport is located at Shenyang, the capital city of Liaoning Province. The airport is situated 600km east of Beijing, China. Shenyang Taoxian International Airport Co owns and operates the airport.
The airport authority planned a phased expansion to increase passenger capacity at the airport to meet the increasing traffic growth. The airport served 10.23 million passengers in 2011. It is expected to annually serve 21 million passengers by 2020 and 70 million by 2040. The cargo and mail turnout at the airport will increase to 420,000t by 2020.
The Shenyang Airport Phase III expansion project includes the construction of a new terminal and a new runway. The expansion project is estimated to cost ¥3.42bn ($558.79m).
The new terminal T3 opened in August 2013 and is currently the only operational terminal at the airport. The existing two terminals, T1 and T2, became non-operational after the opening of the new terminal.
The feasibility studies for the expansion project were conducted by the China Aviation Construction Group Corporation (CACC) Beijing in collaboration with the ADPI in 2008.
The new terminal covers an area of 248,000m² (2.66 million ft²). Construction started in April 2011.
Beijing, the capital city of the Republic of China, is one of the most important and largest cities in the world. It has only one international airport and a military air base, whereas other esteemed cities of the world of the same level have more than two international airports.
Construction of the new runway started in 2012 and is expected to be complete by 2015.
The project also includes construction of a VIP room, 30 parking bays, a baggage claim hall, a domestic and international transit hall, an Airport Operations Command Centre (AOC) and a new airport control tower.
New airfield facilities for cargo handling and a catering centre will be also constructed as part of the expansion.
The airport terminal features two concave steel roofs whose apexes are staggered towards another in imitation of Chinese pictography. The glass-glazed facades create a light and airy atmosphere inside the terminal.
The airport features LCD screens, ATMs, a Bank of China branch, hotels, lounges and restaurants. A baggage hall is located on the ground floor of the terminal.
The airport provides artificial broadcasting, luggage storage and emergency medical services for the passengers. Special passenger services such as wheelchair and escort services are provided for disabled passengers.
The airport has a 3,200m-long and 10,499ft-wide concrete runway. The runway features two-way instrument landing systems. The new second runway that is under construction will be 3,600m long and 60m wide. It will feature precision approach lighting systems.
ADPI provided planning and supervision services for the construction of the new terminal.
Obermeyer served as the lead architect while Kohlstrung International Architecture & Urban Design Consulting was the chief architect for the T3 terminal.
A new passenger railway line was opened at the airport in March 2012. The modern streetcar at the Taoxian Airport Station provides rail transport services for the passengers. The street car services started in August 2013.
The Shenyang Metro Line 2 opened in January 2012 can be accessed from the new terminal (T3) at the airport.
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