China has just announced plans for a new Beijing mega-airport, which will have space to transport 130 million passengers a year – that’s 23 million more than London Heathrow and New York JFK combined.
Measuring some 55 square kilometers – about the same size as Bermuda! – Beijing Daxing International Airport will obscure all other competition to become the world’s busiest airport. Set to open in 2017, the airport will have space for up to eight commercial runways.
The latest airport plan shows an integrated ‘ground transportation hub’, which will transport passengers into Beijing within 30 minutes on a high-speed railway and also offer a slower route on the city’s underground. The airport is also designed to minimise the distance travelled by planes to and from the gates, to get passengers off the aircraft as soon as possible and minimise CO2 emissions.
Beijing Capital International is already at capacity, with a whopping 74million passengers a year, so Daxing (a rural city just outside of Beijing) will provide a much-needed second hub for the capital, catering to China’s ever-growing middle class.