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Beijing, China (CNN) — China is poised to overtake the United States as the world’s biggest air travel market by 2022 — and it’s little wonder the country’s airport construction craze shows no signs of abating.
The government has plans to build or expand 74 airports nationwide by the end of 2020, aiming to accommodate a whopping 720 million passengers a year.
No project is attracting more attention than Beijing Daxing International Airport, the Chinese capital’s new multibillion-dollar aviation hub slated to open in September 2019.
The new Daxing airport, designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid and her Chinese partners, is built for the future, boasting four runways and a terminal the size of 97 soccer pitches upon opening of the first phase.
The airport will accommodate and accomplish the following:
  • Accommodate 72 million passengers and two million tons of cargo annually by 2025. Eventually, they would like to reach 100 million passengers and four million tons of cargo a year.
  • Build a total of seven runways by 2025.
  •  Add more workers to the already 40,000 member staff and crew.
  • Total cost: $11.5 billion.


Below is an artist’s rendition of what the airport will look like, as well some photos of the construction so far:


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New Beijing airport in Daxing district – 3,5 years after start of construction Cam: DJI Mavic Pro

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