In a slightly tongue-in-cheek video, Stuart Wiggin, a freelance journalist who writes for China’s People’s Daily, takes us on a walking tour of the still-under-construction Beijing Daxing International Airport.
Designed by ADP Ingénierie (ADPI), a subsidiary of Groupe ADP, with the cooperation of Zaha Hadid Architects in the final phase, the new airport is being built in the capital’s southern Daxing District, approximately 46km (29 miles) from the center of Beijing. Its 700,000m2 (7,534,740ft2) terminal building and 80,000m2 (861,110ft2) ground transportation center have been designed to be “extremely user-focused, efficient and adaptable for growth”, according to Zaha Hadid Architects. Its six-pier design will deliver exceptional convenience for passengers and flexibility in operations, the studio added.
Construction is expected to be completed by June 30, with operations scheduled to begin on September 30. The new airport is expecting an annual passenger capacity of 45 million by 2021, and 72 million by 2025. It has been designed to facilitate the expansion necessary to accommodate up to 100 million passengers a year.