Beijing Daxing Airport

The Biggest Airport in the World

Final Countdown for Beijing Daxing International 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.

When will Daxing airport open?

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, the second airport in China’s capital is due to be completed on June 30 while its official operation is scheduled on September 30.

Daxing Airport Location

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.

Daxing Airport Map

You can locate Daxing International Airport and take a look at the surroundings with the help of Google Maps.

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?

Beijing is notorious for its traffic congestion, yet Daxing airport is expected to “erase this reputation”! The ground transportation from the airport to Beijing is projected to be fast and effective.  A new intercity rail line (Beijing-Xiong’an Intercity Railway) is going to connect Daxing airport to Beijing West railway station while the Intercity Railway Connector will handle the transfers to and from Langfang, Yizhuang, Tongzhou District and Beijing Capital Airport. On the other hand, a new Daxing Airport Subway line will be added to Beijing’s train system linking the new airport and the capital. Moreover, Line 20 (R4) will end at the new airport, serving the transportation needs between Daxing airport, Xinghuo station, Beijing railway station and Beijing Capital airport whereas in the long run, even more subway lines are going to be connected to the new hub. However, for the time being, there is no connection to Beijing South railway station. Finally, Daxing airport taxis will also be available and in fact, the three highways which will lead from the airport to Beijing will make private transfers altogether convenient.

Which airlines are going to operate at Daxing airport?

After long negotiations and backstage discussions, the Daxing airport airlines that we know so far are: 

  • China Eastern Airlines
  • China United Airlines
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Hebei Airlines
  • Shanghai Airlines
  • Beijing Capital Airlines

The airlines-members of Skyteam Alliance (KLM, Air France, China Airlines, Xiamen Air, Delta etc) are expected to move their activities to the new airport whereas Star Alliance (Singapore Airlines, Air China, Lufthansa etc) will remain at Beijing Capital International Airport. At the same time, Oneworld Alliance’s decision is not conclusive yet.

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

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

Time Zone: China Standard Time (UTC+8)

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Last update: 21 July 2019

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