Bejing’s £9 billion airport looks set to give Heathrow a run for its money

Reporters visit the Beijing Daxing International Airport during a construction completion ceremony on June 30 (VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

China has completed construction on a £9 billion airport which is expected to be operational by September of next year.

The massive complex covers an area of a million square meters and is located about 29 miles from Bejing city center.

‘It is the world’s largest integrated transportation hub,’ Bai Henghong, director of the Beijing Daxing International Airport, told China’s state media agency.

‘The terminal building is also the world’s largest built with a seamless steel structure, boasting the world’s first design of double-deck departure and double-deck arrival platforms.’

Both arrivals and departures will get two whole floors to themselves while the terminal is split into six different arms.

Interior view of the Beijing Daxing International Airport (Photo by Bei ma – Imaginechina/Sipa USA)
The multi-billion dollar airport resembles a massive shining starfish (Photo by STR / AFP)

Despite the construction being a staggering monument to air travel and carbon footprints, the Chinese have attempted to make it as green as possible. It’s got an on-site solar farm and facilities to collect rainwater for reuse.

There is also a high-speed train that links the airport to Bejing.

Construction has taken five years so far (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
Bejing already has the second busiest airport in the world (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
It’s set to open in September 2019 (Photo by STR / AFP)

Before it opens officially on September 30, aviation tests will be carried out to catch any last issues before travellers start to cascade through the walkways.

A lighting test being carried out at night (Imaginechina/REX)
It’s a fair bit bigger than Gatwick and Heathrow (Imaginechina/REX/Shutterstock)

At the moment, Bejing’s Capital International Airport is the second busiest airport in the world after Atlanta International Airport in the US.


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