The much-anticipated landmark Beijing Daxing International Airport was opened on Wednesday.
new airport is expected to become an internationally-important
transportation hub that serves the needs of China's development, and
connects China more closely with the rest of the world.
years of construction work has resulted in an airport that boasts a
state-of-the-art people-friendly design that incorporates ideas about
innovative and green development.
This helps to explain why
The Guardian selected it to head its list of Seven Wonders of the New
World, and why CNN named it one of the year's most exciting airport
It boasts over a hundred technological innovations
and more than 40 international and domestic firsts. Over 98 percent of
the airport's components were locally sourced.
The airport is
the world's first to have double-decker arrival and departure platforms.
It's also the world's first to have high-speed trains running
underneath the terminal building, a feature that posed an extraordinary
The Daxing airport has been dubbed the New Green Gateway to China.
energy consumption of the terminal building is 20 percent less than
that of other airports of a similar size. This is an annual saving of
22,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which is equivalent to burning
around 8,850 tons of coal.
As a result, Daxing airport shows that China has caught up to become a leader in environmentally friendly airport management.
perhaps the most interesting aspect of the airport is its
people-centered design that incorporates a range of cutting-edge
technologies. The integration of the high-speed rail service, the
paperless check-in system, and the combined security and customs checks
get passengers through the airport faster and with greater comfort.
Daxing airport open for business, Beijing now has two international
transportation hubs, which are expected to handle more than 250 million
passengers a year.
The flow of people and cargo through the
new airport will provide an additional driving force for China's economy
thanks to its location at the heart of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei
region, which is within a one-hour commute. As a result, the region will
be better-connected with the rest of the world.
is also expected to become an important hub for the air routes that link
together the Belt and Road countries as well as other parts of
Northeast and Central Asia, and Europe.
Transportation is the main driving force for urban development. The opening of the Beijing Daxing International Airport will unleash huge new energy into China's economy, and make a major contribution to the country's economic development as well as global connectivity.
Source by CGTN
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