The countdown has started to the scheduled opening of Beijing’s second international airport on September 30.
Located 46 km south of the Chinese capital, Beijing Daxing International Airport is expected to be one of the world's busiest air traffic hubs. It was designed to take the pressure off the overcrowded Beijing Capital International Airport in the northeastern suburb.
"It is the world's largest integrated transportation hub. The terminal building is also the world's largest built with a seamless steel structure, boasting the world's first design of double-deck departure and double-deck arrival platforms," said Bai Henghong, director of the Beijing Daxing International Airport project command of Beijing Construction Group.
Six major test runs are arranged to further assess the airport's operation readiness and fix possible problems. There will be a total of 787 tests involving 500 flights and some 52,000 simulated passenger trips, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported.
The airport will become a pivotal air traffic hub for international travel to and from China, supporting China's growth to become the world's largest civil aviation market, which is forecast to be around the mid-2020s.
It is forecast to see its passenger throughput reach 72 million in 2025, and further increase to 100 million by 2040, when it is likely to surpass Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the United States to become the world's largest airport in passenger throughput.
Carriers such as China Eastern Airlines Corp. and China Southern Airlines Co. will start flying from the new facility later this year. The transition should be completed by the winter of 2021, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
ADP Ingénierie (ADPI) finalised the project with the help of Zaha Hadid Architects, within a team led by BNAH. ADP Ingénierie has also cooperated with the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (BIAD) to provide ongoing support throughout the design development phase.
Beijing's Daxing Airport offers a unique two-storey terminal design that allows to concentrate all control processes while reducing walking distances for passengers.
Covering an area of 700,000 sqm, surrounded by 7 runways, the terminal’s innovative design aims to facilitate the absorption of the future increase in traffic while improving the passenger experience.