Beijing's new airport to handle 72 mln passengers

Added On January 8, 2019

Beijing's new international airport is set to start operation in September and is expected to handle 72 million passengers annually by 2025.
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According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China, Beijing Daxing International Airport is designed to become a large international aviation hub, a new driver of development for the country and a comprehensive transport hub in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.
It will support the development of Xiongan New Area, the location for many of Beijing's non-capital functions and relocated population.
Located 46 km south of downtown Beijing, the new airport is aims to take pressure off the overcrowded Beijing Capital International Airport in the northeastern suburbs. It sits at the junction of Beijing's Daxing District and Langfang, a city in neighboring Hebei Province.
SOUNDBITE (Chinese): GAO AIPING, Beijing's New Airport Terminal Construction Dept
"We are preparing for refined decoration and equipment installment. Till now, we have completed 95 percent of the ceiling decoration, and 80 percent of the overall airport decoration. We have nearly finished the installment of facilities. Now we are testing and adjusting individual systems. In March, we are going to conduct joint system commissioning."
While the new airport alleviates pressure, the passenger traffic of Beijing Capital International Airport in the northeastern suburbs is expected to be reduced to 82 million annually.
China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines will be the main carriers at the new airport. Overseas airlines can choose which airport they want to use or operate in both airports.