Beijing opens glitzy airport ahead of China's 70th anniversary
Both foreign and domestic carriers have announced plans to move their operations to the new airport.
British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Finnair have already announced their new routes to Daxing to tap the potential of the new aviation hub.
The SkyTeam alliance, which includes Delta, Air France and Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM), was expected to move over to the new airport, along with their partners Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines.
But when contacted by AFP last week, Delta and Air France said the decision whether to move airports had not yet been made.
英国航空(British Airways)、国泰航空(Cathay Pacific)和芬兰航空(Finnair)已经宣布了各自在大兴的新航线，以挖掘这个新的航空枢纽的潜力。
天合联盟包括达美航空、法国航空和荷兰皇家航空公司(KLM)，预计将与它们的合作伙伴东方航空(Eastern Airlines)和中国南方航空(China Southern Airlines)一起迁往新机场。
The third largest Chinese airline, Air China, is expected to keep flying the bulk of its flights from Beijing Capital International Airport.
"Switching airports can be a complex decision for airlines," said aviation analyst John Strickland.
"Airlines would prefer to see a new airport open and overcome teething problems before moving services from another well tried and tested airport."
The maiden flight from the airport is scheduled at 3.30pm Beijing time (0730 GMT), according to Chinese flight tracking app Umetrip.
At 700,000 square metres (173 acres) -- about the size of 100 football pitches -- the new structure will be one of the world's largest airport terminals.
The building was designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, who died in 2016.
Inside, it stands out for its flowing, curved lines and use of natural light that filters down to the lowest levels of the building through openings on the roof.
Underneath the terminal is a train station and metro line that will allow travellers to reach the city centre in 20 minutes.
The project cost 120 billion yuan ($17.5 billion), or 400 billion yuan if rail and road links are included.
At full capacity, Daxing would be the world's largest single terminal in terms of traveller capacity, according to its designers.
Atlanta airport in the United States -- the world's busiest airport -- can receive more than a hundred million passengers, but across two terminals.
The current Beijing Capital International Airport -- the world's second largest -- is already overflowing, with just over 100 million passengers annually.
"Daxing is an extension of the phenomenal growth of the aviation market in China," said Shukor Yusof, head of Malaysia-based aviation consultancy Endau Analytics.
Air transport is booming in China as living standards increase along with peoples' desire to travel.
It is expected to surpass the US to become the world's biggest aviation market by the mid-2020s, according to the International Air Transport Association.
By 2037 the country will have 1.6 billion plane journeys each year -- a billion more than in 2017, the organisation estimates.
总部位于马来西亚的航空咨询公司Endau Analytics主管Shukor Yusof表示:“大兴反映了中国航空市场的显著增长。”
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/48501.html 译者：Joyceliu
factswelcome14 hours ago
The projected 100 millions passengers by 2040 for this mammoth airport does not make sense, if it were to be "the world's largest single terminal in terms of traveller capacity"
The Atlanta one is already serving more than 100 millions.
So sad that the designer died before seeing the finished project.
Meanwhile here in the USA we have infrastructure and other things that, oh who am I kidding. If you look at all the developing countries around the world the USA is looking more like a second or even third world country. heck even people in Poland are making jokes about us.
Let China do the construction works for the world pls... from Pakistan ports to California high-speed rail. Chinese really will get the job done.
The article does not tell you that the airport is fully automated, with robots to park and deliver your car and underneath the trains and roads, to get you on and off the airport with shortest amount of time of any other airports.
timk8 hours ago
a tax base works best .look at it and they have more high speeed trains and flood control built a year then we have built in ten years.
Trump only provided empty promises of infrastructure, China delivers.
Oh no, That's a lot of global warming contributions with all those planes.
almost 57 million people visit china a year
Meanwhile in America we explore normalizing transgender children.
America use to be number one like that . Now were not even number 3 we dont have a good road in my state. Everything looks like s
Rob11 hours ago
maybe in a few years China won't be the major hub that everyone thinks. With more jobs leaving and more big deals for cheap money aren't being made any longer maybe things will change. It's been a big hub because of all the goods being made there
almost 77 million visit the u s a a year .and millions are from guess where CHINA .trade is progress
Never want to see it in person.
Why isn't the US spending money on infrastructure the way China spends it?
Enough7 hours ago
China has other airports that have very well designed interiors. This airport has UGLY interiors.
I don't believe Zaha Hadid's firm controlled the interior design. The interior designers for this airport did a sub standard job.
And California can't even build high speed rail with more than TWICE that amount of money.
Should be called Cingular Airport.
i wondered who designed this beauty , the great Zaha ,God bless her
Meantime the California HSR already cost around $15 billion even before the rail tracks are fully completed with the total latest estimates at $77 billion? Shameful!
Brian8 hours ago
Well...we are losing the infrastructure race to China. China is the #3 economy in the world. European Union is second and we are first. We suck because we have zero leadership.
China gets the job done. It doesn't stop and CONSTANTLY COMPLAIN about their rivals and how life is unfair and wasting time golfing all goddam day.
Star Of David8 hours ago
If it is Chinese built, it has Chinese quality. Look for it to collapse within 24 hours
I know Best
what a marvelous state-of-the-art engineering project..