clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Beijing’s Daxing International Airport officially opens

The Beijing Daxing International Airport officially opened Wednesday ahead of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. The new airport is meant to ease the pressure put on the Beijing Capital International Airport, which handles more than 100 million passengers each year.

In this Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, photo, the terminal building for the new Beijing Daxing International Airport is seen from above in an aerial view in Beijing. Chinese President Xi Jinping presided Wednesday over the inauguration of a second international airport for Beijing with a terminal billed as the world’s biggest.
Mark Schiefelbein, Associated Press

The Beijing Daxing International Airport officially opened Wednesday ahead of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

The new airport is meant to ease the pressure put on the Beijing Capital International Airport, which handles more than 100 million passengers each year.

According to the International Air Transport Association, China will likely overtake the United States as the world’s largest aviation market sometime in the mid-2020s.

The new starfish-shaped airport — which is about the size of 98 football fields — will likely be the world’s largest terminal in a single building, according to the BBC. The building was designed by the late architect Zafa Hadid and not only includes customer service robots to provide travelers with flight updates and information from the airport. The building aims to reduce walking for passengers, too.

Initially, the only flights that will be making use of the airport will be domestic ones, as customs and immigration are not yet operational, according to CNN. Flights from the airport will cover 122 destinations around the globe by next spring.

The opening of the $11.5 billion airport concludes a design and building process that began in 2015 and took the effort of more than 40,000 workers at its peak.

Officials have said that they will build a transportation hub that will include a high-speed rail, inter-city services and express trains that bring you from the airport to downtown, all stopping beneath the terminal. The trains will travel at a top speed of 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers per hour) and will take travelers to the city in under 20 minutes.

The airport is located 29 miles south of Tiananmen Square and will boast airlines China Southern, China Eastern, British Airways, Finnair and Cathay Pacific.