Date
21 September 2017
Beijing's new airport will ease congestion at the city's existing air transport gateway. Photo: Bloomberg
Beijing's new airport will ease congestion at the city's existing air transport gateway. Photo: Bloomberg

Beijing firms up plans for new airport, support facilities

Beijing’s new airport, which is coming up on the outskirts in the southern part of the city, will be completed and put into use in 2018, Beijing Times reported Tuesday.

Construction of some supporting facilities for the airport, located in Daxing district that borders Hebei province, will begin this year, the report said, citing the Beijing Development and Reform Commission.

An 66-kilometer urban rail line to connect Mudanyuan in uptown Beijing and the new airport is also expected to be completed in 2018, it said.

Meanwhile, an air transport-related economic zone, which will span Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province, is also being planned. Authorities from the three regions will discuss a “sharing mechanism” in taxes and gross domestic product, according to the report.

The new airport project was approved at the end of 2012, as part of efforts to step up the development of Beijing’s southern suburbs.

Upon completion, the new facility is expected to ease traffic pressure on Beijing Capital International Airport, which remained the world’s second-busiest airport in 2013 in terms of passenger throughput. Its passenger volume reached 83.7 million last year, according to a statement from the airport in January.

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