One of the world's biggest transport hubs

Skeleton of Beijing's new mega-airport - Beijing Daxing International Airport 
Representatives unveiled the primary structure of its 80billion yuan (£9billion) project on Monday, which boasts 1.6million cubic metres of concrete, 52,000 tonnes of steel and spans 47 square kilometres (18 square miles), including runways. Due to open in October 2019 amid a massive infrastructure drive overseen by President Xi Jinping, it's expected to serve an initial 45million passengers a year. Eventually, that capacity will surpass 100million annual travellers, putting it on par with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Situated 67km south of Beijing, the airport technically falls in neighbouring Hebei province, though it will eventually constitute its own development zone.
It will relieve pressure on Beijing´s existing international airport, to the northeast of Beijing and currently the world's second largest by passenger volume, which opened a new terminal worth $3.6billion (£2.4billion) in 2008 ahead of the Beijing Summer Olympics. The existing airport will continue to operate major international flights, though a third smaller domestic airport in the city´s south will close in coming years.

[Xinhua News Agency]
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