The excitement is really building around Beijing Daxing International Airport is announced its official opening on Wednesday morning, ahead of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.
The new mega-airport opens today, welcoming its first passengers after five years of construction.
Its location on Daxing District (the southern suburbs of Beijing) is ideal in order to serve the Chinese capital and the neighboring areas of Hebei and Tianjin, aiming to become the main airport hub of the region.
It is the largest airport in the world and expected to operate at full capacity in 2025, with the potential to receive 72 million passengers per year.
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Whether you’re looking to fly through Beijing Daxing soon or some time in the future, here are 6 things about the airport to help your travels go smoothly and know more about China:
How Big is Daxing Airport?
The gigantic Daxing airport, with the pioneering design and impressive shape which has given it the nickname “ Alien Starfish”, has enormous dimensions.
At the time being, there are 4 runways and a vast terminal building covering a 700,000m² area, about the size of 100 football pitches.
However, the huge size doesn’t stop there. The ground transportation centre extends to 80,000m².
The construction of the mega-airport, which is expected to become eventually the busiest airport in the world, cost an unsurprisingly large amount of money.
The Chinese government is assessed to have paid around $17.47 billion USD in total for this colossal project.
For the time being, Daxing Airport has four runways and 79 airport stands. The 4 runways’ size is impressive while the airport stands are suitable both for one twin-aisle plane and two single-aisle ones.
Eventually, the airport will acquire 7 runways in total and it will be able to serve about 620,000 flights annually.
How about Transportation?
Daxing airport transportation system is effective and affordable.
The new Beijing-Xiong’an Intercity railway connects the new Daxing airport to Beijing city center in 20 minutes, costing 24 RMB (3€/3.4$).
While the new Daxing airport subway Line will take you to Beijing in only 19 minutes with a cost of 35 RMB (4.4€/4.8$) per person.
Moreover, Daxing airport taxis will transfer you to your accommodation in comfort with an average fare of 165 RMB (21€/23$) whereas you can also use the 6 much cheaper Daxing airport bus lines.
As the airport has recently opened, the number of daily flights is still limited. As time goes by, more and more air itineraries will be added to the airport schedule.
For the time being, all the major China air carriers such as China Eastern, China Southern, China United and Air China airlines as well are present at Daxing airport along with some international airways.
The revolutionary new Beijing Daxing airport has naturally adopted each and every cutting edge technology.
Therefore, a 5G base station (one of the 10,000 which will be put into use in Beijing until the end of 2019) starts operating, offering the airport passengers the most high-speed internet services possible.
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