Beijing Daxing Airport

The Biggest Airport in the World

 

Final Countdown for Beijing Daxing Airport

Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX) is going to be the biggest airport in the world! The airport’s design is pioneering while its location on Daxing District (the southern suburbs of Beijing) is ideal in order to serve the Chinese capital and the neighboring areas of Hebei and Tianjin. The new mega-airport hub is expected to handle up to 45 million passengers per year by 2021 and 100 million eventually.

The first and foremost question about the promised Daxing airport is when will it finally be open for business? Beijing Daxing International Airport is in its final phase of construction. In fact, the first commercial flight has already landed at the airport, signalling that test flights are coming to their end. Thus, its official operation is scheduled on September 30.

Daxing Airport is located at the frontier between Beijing and Langfang, Hebei Province and is expected to serve the needs of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei areas. Its location was selected after thorough analysis. With a 46km-distance from Tiananmen Square, a 67km-distance from Beijing International Airport and a 26km-distance from Langfang City Center, Daxing Airport aims to become the main airport hub of the region.

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FAQs

How big is Daxing airport?

The gigantic Daxing airport, with the impressive shape which has given it the nickname “Starfish”, has enormous dimensions. At the time being, there are 4 runways (with the prospect of becoming 7 in the future) and a vast terminal building covering a 700.000m² area while the ground transportation centre extends to 80.000m².

How much did Daxing Airport cost?

The construction of the mega-airport, which is expected to become eventually the busiest airport in the world, cost an unsurprisingly large amount of money. The Chinese government is assessed to have paid around US $17.47 billion in total for this colossal project.

What about the Daxing airport master plan?

The Daxing airport master plan was assigned to NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants) and was developed with high respect to environmental protection and on the basis of simplifying passenger procedures (less than 600m between checkpoints and gates, minimum waste of time for collecting luggage etc). Furthermore, NACO paid great attention to the ground transportation system of the airport. High-speed and intercity trains, metro and public buses will connect the new airport to Beijing city and other major areas in a fast and efficient way.

How many runways is Daxing Airport going to have?

For the time being, Daxing Airport has four runways and 79 airport stands. The 4 runways’ size is impressive while the airport stands are suitable both for one twin-aisle plane and two single-aisle ones. Eventually, the airport will acquire 7 runways in total and it will be able to serve about 620.000 flights annually

What are the transportation options from Daxing airport?

Daxing airport transportation system is effective and affordable. The new Beijing-Xiong’an Intercity railway connects the new Daxing airport to Beijing city center in 20 minutes, costing 24 RMB (3€ / 3.4$) while the new Daxing airport subway Line will take you to Beijing in only 19 minutes with a cost of 35 RMB (4.4€ / 4.8$) per person. Moreover, Daxing airport taxis will transfer you to your accommodation in comfort with an average fare of 165 RMB (21€ / 23$) whereas you can also use the 6 much cheaper Daxing airport bus lines. 

Which airlines are going to operate at Daxing airport?

As the airport has recently opened, the number of daily flights is still limited. As time goes by, more and more air itineraries will be added to the airport schedule. For the time being, all the major China air carriers such as China Eastern, China Southern, China United and Air China airlines as well are present at Daxing airport along with some international airways.

5G Base Station in Daxing Airport

The revolutionary new Beijing Daxing airport has naturally adopted each and every cutting edge technology. Therefore, once Daxing airport opens at the end of September, a 5G base station (one of the 10.000 which will be put into use in Beijing until the end of 2019) will start operating, offering the airport passengers the most high-speed internet services possible.

Who designed Daxing airport?

Daxing airport’s terminal building is the impressive outcome of the collaboration between ADP Ingeniérie (ADPI) and the architecture team of Zaha Hadid (ZHA) who tragically passed away in 2016. Subsequently, in August 2018, Hong Kong design studio Lead 8 undertook the design of the new commercial terminal which is anticipated to respond to every passenger’s needs.

Who owns Beijing Daxing airport?

The colossal project of the Daxing airport construction is being funded by the Chinese government. With its budget reaching 11.5 billion U.S. dollars (80 billion yuan), the second Beijing airport is going to be one of the biggest airports in the world, ultimately serving passenger movement of 100 million annually!

Airport Name: Beijing Daxing International Airport

IATA Code: PKX

ICAO: ZBAD

Location: Daxing, Beijing & Guangyang, Langfang (Hebei)

Time Zone: China Standard Time (UTC+8)

Airport Map: Daxing Airport at Google Maps

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Last update: 21 September 2019

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