New Beijing airport approved
China’s National Development and Reform Commission has approved the construction of a new airport to the south of Beijing.
The new facility, which will be designed by Netherlands Airport Consultants, is expected to take five years to build at a total cost of 80 billion yuan (US$13.1 billion).
Beijing International Airport has long suffered form congestion and overcapacity.
The new airport will initially have four runways and be able to handle 72 million passengers, 2 million tons of cargo and mail, and 620,000 planes by 2025, according to the state planning agency.
It will be located on the southern outskirts of the city in Daxing district, around 50 miles away from Beijing Capital International Airport to the northeast of Beijing.