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China to build world’s biggest airport

September 10, 2011 Comments off

telegraph

Beijing has started construction on a new mega-airport that will be roughly the size of Bermuda and have nine runways.

 Beijing already has China’s largest airport, Beijing Capital International Airport Photo: ALAMY

When Beijing Daxing International airport opens in 2015, the Chinese capital will become the world’s busiest aviation hub, handling around 370,000 passengers a day.

It is only three years since the opening of Terminal 3 at Beijing Capital Airport, a sweeping structure designed by Sir Norman Foster that is far bigger than all of Heathrow’s five terminals combined.

But an enormous boom in China’s aviation industry has already left the capital’s existing facilities stretched to breaking point. “It is impossible to add even one more flight to the tight daily schedule of the Capital airport,” said Li Jiaxing, the minister in charge of China’s Civil Aviation Administration.

“The existing airport in Beijing has an annual capacity of Read more…