World’s Largest Airport Being Built in Beijing

Jan 23, 2019

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The Beijing Daxing International airport is set to be the world’s largest single terminal airport when it opens later this year outside Beijing. Daxing will be Beijing’s second international airport. The massive airport comes with a massive price tag of $14 billion. The airport is set to open in September and is expected to see as many as 79 million travelers by 2025 with a final target of 100 million when fully completed. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL) airport currently is the busiest airport in the world with around 104 million passengers annually.

The airport is slated to have to total of eight runways, the shortest of which will be over 11,000 feet in length. The airport’s overall footprint covers 18 square miles, while the terminal itself is more than 7.5 million square feet. Plenty of room for all those expected passengers.

BEIJING, CHINA - DECEMBER 19: Construction workers work at the Beijing Daxing International Airport on December 19, 2018 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Shi Jiamin/VCG via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA – DECEMBER 19: Construction workers work at the Beijing Daxing International Airport on December 19, 2018 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Shi Jiamin/VCG via Getty Images)

From the outside you can get an idea of the massive scale of the project.

With a design that looks like it was inspired by Go To Meeting’s logo, it certainly has an aesthetic that people are sure to love or hate.

BEIJING, CHINA - DECEMBER 26: An aerial view of the construction site of Beijing Daxing International Airport on December 26, 2018 in Beijing, China. The airport is expected to be put into operation on September 30, 2019. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA – DECEMBER 26: An aerial view of the construction site of Beijing Daxing International Airport on December 26, 2018 in Beijing, China. The airport is expected to be put into operation on September 30, 2019. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

The airport received its first flight this past week as testing begins for certification. The test flights will be checking out all of the airports navigational and landing aids as well as testing ATC procedures for the airport. Test flights are scheduled to be completed by the end of March.

H/T: The Atlantic

Featured photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images.

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