Beijing Set to Open Colossal Airport

May 3, 2019 | China, ESCAPE, NEWS

Culture & Travel 

Daxing Airport – Beijing | Source Weibo

China gears up for its new airport in Beijing, soon to be considered as of the busiest and biggest in the world when it opens in September

The new Daxing International Airport in Beijing has been making headlines in Asia newsDesigned by British architect Zaha Hadid, the huge structure will resemble the shape of a phoenix. The $12 billion major project is expected to serve more than 100 million travelers annually.

Chinese civil aviation authority has reported that around seven airlines have requested to fly from the new airport to Seoul. Additionally, four airlines which include China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China United Airlines, and Xiamen Airlines have applied for a Daxing to Paris route.

Some of the most widely-requested routes for the huge airport is to South Korea and France. This is a result of aviation agreements in hopes to develop stronger diplomatic ties.

Last March, officials from Beijing had talks with Seoul. To culminate the meeting, a memorandum of understanding was signed to add 14 weekly flights between the two areas to give way to the development of the grand airport.

Aside from the Beijing to Seoul routes, seven weekly trips have also been added for Busan to Shanghai and Seoul Incheon to Shanghai.

“The China-South Korea flights have hit turbulence in the last few years in the wake of the THAAD controversy,” stated aviation specialist  Lin Zhijie, and added that the new routes have raised its momentum and carriers want to maximize this potential.

The new airport is located 30 miles south of Beijing in what used to be a farmland. This airport is one of the testaments to the rising growth of civil aviation in the country as it moves towards infrastructure development to improve its industrial scene in the north.

The construction of the new transport hub started in 2014. It fits President Xi Jinping’s vision to position transportation and one of the key pillars of the country’s development.

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