China has finally completed its new mega airport in Beijing. After four years of construction, the airport is ready three months ahead of its planned grand opening.
Built over a sprawling 1.03 million square meters, it is equivalent to 144 football pitches. The Beijing Daxing International Airport will now become the world’s largest airport terminal, according to Xinhua News.
Main building work ended on schedule last year. The airport resembles a massive shining starfish and is names as ‘The Golden Phoenix.’ It is designed by late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.
The interiors are as breathtaking as the exteriors with flowing, curved lines and light filtering down to the lowest levels of the building through openings in the roof.
There is a train station just underneath the terminal with a metro line that will allow travelers to reach the main city center in just 20 minutes.
Situated at 46 kilometres south of Tiananmen square, the new airport will be operational at its full capacity in 2025. It will have four runways with total potential to receive 72 million passengers per year.
Last week, the hub’s main air traffic control tower was revealed. It is a 20-storey structure that resembles the shape of a feather from a phoenix. It took two years to build.
By 2040 the hub is planning to expand to eight runways including one for military use. It will then be able to have a minimum capacity of 100 million passengers per year. With this, it will become the world’s largest single terminal in terms of traveler capacity.
Atlanta airport, in the United States, currently has the capacity to receive more than a hundred million passengers spread across two terminals.
Air transport is booming in China as living standards increase. It will surpass the US to become the world’s biggest aviation market by the mid-2020s.
The airport has been constructed with 1.6 million cubic meters of concrete and used 52,000 tonnes of steel, costing a whopping 79.9 billion yuan (£9.2 billion) to build.
Source – Daily Mail