Beijing Daxing International Airport

The Biggest Airport in the World

Beijing Daxing Airport is Finally Open

Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX), also known as Beijing New Airport, is the biggest airport in the world. It is also the second international airport of Beijing along with Beijing Capital International airport. 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 reach an outstanding 100 million in the future.

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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How big is Daxing airport?

The gigantic Daxing airport, with the impressive shape which has given it the nickname “Starfish”, has enormous dimensions. There are currently 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 eventually become the busiest airport in the world, cost an unsurprisingly large amount. The Chinese government is estimated to have paid approximately US $17.47 billion 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. Since there are less than 600m between checkpoints and gates and a minimum waiting time for buggage claim, this airport was built on the basis of simplifying passenger procedures.. 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 does Daxing airport 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 and two single-aisle planes. Eventually, the airport will have 7 runways in total and 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 Daxing airport to Beijing city center in 20 minutes, costing 30 RMB (3.8€ / 4.2$) while the new Daxing airport subway Line will take you to Beijing in only 19 minutes with a cost of 35 RMB (4.4€ / 4.8$) per person. Moreover, Daxing airport taxis will transfer you to your destination in comfort with an average fare of 220 RMB (29€ / 30.5$). However, you can also use the 6 less expensive (only 40RMB (5€ / 5.5$) for an adult ticket) Daxing airport bus lines. 

Which airlines are op at Daxing airport?

Since the airport has recently opened, the number of daily flights is still limited. The more time that goes by, there will be an increase in air itineraries in the airport’s schedule. For the time being, all the major China air carriers such as China Eastern, China Southern, China United and Air China airlines are present at Daxing airport along with some international airways.

Is Beijing Daxing airport the biggest in the world?

A lot of discussions have been going on about which airport is expected to be the biggest in the world. Beijing Daxing airport and Istanbul new airport (the two most recent and biggest airport projects) “claim” this title. Beijing Daxing airport has, in fact, the biggest, single terminal building while Istanbul International airport, in its final phase, is expected to be the biggest airport globally in terms of passenger traffic.

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 was funded by the Chinese government. With its budget reaching 11.5 billion U.S. dollars (80 billion yuan), the second Beijing airport is one of the biggest airports in the world, ultimately serving a 100 million passengers annually!

Airport Name: Beijing Daxing International Airport



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

Time Zone: China Standard Time (UTC+8)

Airport Map: Daxing Airport at Google Maps

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