China, the land of increasing economy, is poised to throne over the United States as the world’s biggest travel market by 2022, whereas the Chinese government is in progress to build or expand 74 airports nationwide by the year, at an aim to accommodate 720 million passengers per year.
'Daxing International Airport' at Beijing, which is set to be launched by the Chinese capital’s new multibillion-dollar aviation hub in September 2019, it seems is at the glamour’s peak attracting attention like no other project in China has ever done before.
The new Airport is often called ‘Starfish’ for its shape of five concourses connected to a main hall, and is already making positive vibes over the aviation industry and around the globe.
The Daxing International Airport, designed by late architect Zaha Hadid, is built with an initial operational target to accommodate 72 million passengers and two million tons of cargo annually by 2025, boasting four runways and a terminal of the size of 97 soccer pitches upon opening of the first phase. The master plan sums up for a building of a total seven runways, and moving at least 100 million passengers and four million tons of cargo per year through the Airport.
The project began in 2014, at a budget of 11.5 Billion US Dollars, with more than 40,000 workers currently on the site. Beijing is in desperate need of a second global gateway while the existing Capital International Airport is hitting its full capacity, making nearly impossible for airlines to add flights at desirable times. The nearly completed terminal of the Daxing Airport bears all the hallmarks of the late Hadid’s signature contour likes, with plenty of natural light shining through the rooftops.
Daxing aims to reduce walking for passengers, long a complaint against many new mega-hubs.
The new Airport is located in the far south of Beijing, around 50 kilometres from Tiananmen Square in the city centre, farther from the main business districts in the East and North.