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Beijing's newest airport Officially Opens
Published on: 2019-09-26
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031The airport is designed to resemble the shape of a feather from a phoenix, a bird-like creature from ancient Chinese mythology. It aims to meet the country's soaring air-service demand and relieve pressure on Beijing's existing Capital International Airport.

030A passenger checks in using a facial recognition system at Beijing Daxing International Airport on Sept 25, 2019. Passengers will be able to get their boarding passes with the help of the system without showing any ID cards.

Covering a land area of 47 square kilometers, the new airport doubles the size of the Capital International Airport, which is currently the largest in China. It boasts a terminal equivalent to the size of 97 soccer pitches along with faster security check and boarding procedures powered by facial recognition and artificial intelligence.

A C shape pillar at the terminal building at the airport which can support the mega structure while also allowing plenty of natural light through more than 8000 rooftop windowsA C-shape pillar at the terminal building at the airport which can support the mega structure, while also allowing plenty of natural light through more than 8,000 rooftop windows.

It is expected to handle 45 million passengers annually by 2021 and 72 million by 2025, making it one of the busiest airports in the world, on par with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the United States.

The A380 Superjumbo with China Southern Airlines takes off from the Daxing airport while the Boeing 747 with Air China and a Boeing 737 with China United Airlines are about to take offThe A380 Superjumbo with China Southern Airlines takes off from the Daxing airport while the Boeing 747 with Air China and a Boeing 737 with China United Airlines are about to take off.

Four runways are operating upon opening of the first phase, with a total of seven runways planned to handle the growing number of air travelers to and from the capital.

Crew members welcome the passengers at the first commercial flight at the Daxing airportCrew members welcome the passengers at the first commercial flight at the Daxing airport.

In 2018, more than 100 million travelers passed through the three terminals of the capital international airport, making it one of the busiest in the world.

An Airbus 380 with China Southern Airlines ready to take off on Wednesday to become the first commercial flight operated at the Daxing International Airport in BeijingAn Airbus 380 with China Southern Airlines ready to take off on Wednesday to become the first commercial flight operated at the Daxing International Airport in Beijing.

An east-west runway, being almost vertical to three south-north runways, only handles takeoff aircraft to improve operational efficiency in the air and double its hourly capacity to 60 airliners, said Yan Xiaodong, an official with the air traffic controller for north China.

Construction on the US$11.3 billion project began in 2014, with more than 40,000 workers on site at its peak.

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