Beijing Daxing International Airport Opens for Business

Chinese president Xi Jinping has presided over the inauguration of a second international airport for Beijing with a terminal billed as the world’s biggest.

Beijing Daxing International Airport, built in less than five years for 120 billion yuan (£13.5 billion/$16.8 billion), is designed to handle 72 million passengers a year.The airport is 30 miles south of downtown Beijing. It has four runways ,Both foreign and domestic carriers have plans to move their operations to the new airport with British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Finnair already announcing new routes.

The airline’s first commercial flight, a China Southern Airlines plane bound for the southern province of Guangdong, took off on Wednesday afternoon, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Daxing was designed by the late Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, includes a terminal billed as the world’s biggest at one million square metres (11 million square feet).

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