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Published on : Monday, August 8, 2016
SkyTeam Alliance members, China Eastern and China Southern Airlines have both committed to using the new airport in southern Beijing’s Daxing district.
Both of the airlines will be allocated 40% of the capacity at the new hub. Other SkyTeam carriers such as Delta Air Lines, Korean Air and Air France are likely to join their partners in Daxing.
Under the latest plan, Daxing in its first stage will have a 700,000 square meter (7.5 million square ft.) terminal designed for 45 million passengers a year. Plausible assumptions on traffic growth suggest expansion work might have to get underway even as the first passengers arrive at the check-in desks.
Initial plans for Daxing projected nine runways, including one for military use, but these have since been scaled back to four runways. Some 40 sq. km (15.4 sq. mi.) has been allocated to the development. There will be places for 220 aircraft and runway capacity for 650,000 movements a year.
Total cost is forecast to reach 80.3 billion yuan ($12.7 billion).
Air China will continue to operate from the existing Beijing Capital International Airport, along with its Star Alliance partners.