China to build new airport in Beijing

27 February 2012 (Last Updated February 27th, 2012 04:35)

The Chinese Government is planning to build a new international airport in the capital Beijing at $5bn investment, which is expected to become world's largest airport in terms of passenger traffic.


The Chinese Government will begin construction this year on a new airport in the capital city of Beijing which is expected to overtake Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in US as the world’s busiest.

The new airport which will be located on the border between Beijing and Langfang and according to Caijing magazine will cost $A4.47 billion to complete.

It will be located in Daxing, 46km south of Beijing’s political centre, Tiananmen Square and will be completed in October 2017.

The airport will have nine runways, eight for civilian use and a ninth for military use spread across an area of 27km², and will handle more than 130 million passengers and 5.5 million t of cargo per year according to China Radio International.

China is building the new airport as the existing two airports, Beijing Nanyuan Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport, have reached capacity.

The airport project, which is yet to be approved by the National Development and Reform Commission, will act as a hub, connecting highways, transportation roads and roads in rural areas together.


Image: BCIA had handled 73.94 million passengers in 2010 and expected to reach close to its capacity 76 million passengers by 2015. Photo: Yaoleilei