Beijing’s new Daxing International Airport opens for business

Ahead of the 70th anniversary of the People’s
Repulic of China,… Beijing has opened an enormous new airport
to serve the Chinese capital. So what does this new airport mean for China? Our Kim Da-mi tells us more. China’s newly-built Beijing Daxing International
Airport officially opened on Wednesday. Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the
official opening,… and in fact, the ‘Phoenix’ landmark is one of his “centenary-goals” for
the rejuvenation of his country. “Our Republic is constructed brick by brick. We have the confidence and the ambition to
forge ahead.” The new ‘starfish’ airport spans 700-thousand
square meters…that’s around 98 soccer fields and twice the size of Korea’s Incheon International
Airport. Located in the southern part of Beijing, the
new hub will take pressure off the overcrowded current Beijing Capital International Airport
in the Northeastern suburbs. The 62-billion U.S. dollar project was designed
by well-known Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid,… who also designed Dongdaemun Design Plaza
here in Seoul. Travelers can get from Daxing airport to Beijing
city center in around 20 minutes by express train. The airport’s four runways will also be expanded
to seven in the near future. Beijing is expected to welcome one hundred
million people every year, becoming one of the busiest transport hubs in the world. The Chinese government is confident that by
2022, its brand new airport will overtake Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International
as the world’s largest and busiest airport. KIM Da-mi, Arirang News.

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