The Beijing New Airport, opening in the southern Daxing district in 2019, will serve as a way to meet the growing needs of air transport in Beijing and enhance the country’s civil aviation presence, Travel and Leisure reports.
It will become the new base for China Southern Airlines Group Corporation and the China Eastern Airlines Group Corporation, according to China’s National Development and Reform Commission.
This will put the SkyTeam alliance members (a global airline group) under one roof, allowing for easy flight connections for passengers.
According to BuroHappold Engineering, part of a consortium team that won the competition to help design elements of the space, visitors will find an array of open and expansive interiors to walk through.
Late architect, Zaha Hadid, designed the Beijing New Airport Terminal Building(the world’s largest terminal), which will be filled with civic gardens will reign and include vertically separated passenger areas for international and domestic flights as opposed to horizontally separated areas of to create a more compact building and reduce travel times.
“The overall symmetry of the airport terminal design, together with its flowing, interconnected forms, create a fluid composition which evokes the harmony and balance evidence in Chinese landscapes, while its colors and materials are an expression of visual language within traditional Chinese culture,” states Zaha Hadid Architecture’s website.
Innovative design features within the new 700,000 square-meter terminal will include central hub out of which six curved spikes will extend, providing walkways that connect to one point to make navigating through sections easier.
The initial phase of the airport opening will include four runways, while two later phases will lead to additional areas that can push the airport’s capacity to 100 million passengers a year, according to Reuters.
Construction is also taking place on a high-speed railway station that passengers will be able to use to get the airport, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China recently announced.
The airport comes at a good time to ease travel times, as Beijing’s Capital International Airport is the second busiest in the world.