This airport is a big step closer to becoming the world's biggest

2019-05-10 05:30 - Marisa Crous
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Soon, you'll be granted all-access to the world's biggest, mega-airport. That is, Beijing Daxing International Airport.

Set to open later in 2019, the much-anticipated Asian aviation hub announced that it will begin with test flights next week, reports the Beijing Youth Daily.

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Four test flights from airline Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines will dispatch flagship models 747-8, A359 and A380 on Monday. The airport already welcomed its first successful test flight in January.

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Scheduled to be completed at the end of June and set to open on September 30th, it will officially be the world's biggest airport. Made up of 1,6 million cubic metres of concrete, 52 000 tonnes of steel and spans 47 square kilometres, "..it is a shining example of China’s national production capacity,” according to project spokesman Zhu Wenxin. 

China's major three airlines will use the new airport as their main base, and will be connected to the city with a high-speed train. It aims to meet the country's surging air service demand and relieve Beijing Capital International Airport from tight flight pressure.

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The new airport is expected to handle over 45 million passengers annually by 2021 and a whopping 72 million by 2025.

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