Architects have completed the concept design for Beijing’s new airport, which will be the world’s largest passenger airport when finished, China Daily siad, citing a report from ccaonline.cn.
The design, which resembles a starfish, will boast 82 independent gate positions, covering a length of 5 kilometers and an area of 700,000 square meters.
The design is a joint project by French architectural firm ADP Ingenierie and British Zaha Hadid Studio, which won the bid last November, according to the newspaper.
Construction of the new airport started on Dec. 26. The project will cost 79.98 billion yuan (US$13.11 billion) and take about five years to complete.
The new terminal can handle 72 million passengers, 2 million tons of cargo and mail, and 620,000 flights annually by 2025, according to the National Development and Reform Commission, which approved the plan on Dec. 15.
It will be located in Beijing’s Daxing district and is expected to become operational in 2019, the report said.
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