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China formally opens a new airport in Beijing

September 25, 2019

BEIJING, 25 Sep. (DPA / EP) –

The president of China, Xi Jinping, has attended this Wednesday the opening ceremony of a huge new airport in southern Beijing, a week before the celebrations expected for the 80th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

The Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX) aims to eventually move 100 million passengers and 4 million tons of cargo per year.

The new airport, together with the current Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), will have a combined capacity of 250 million passengers per year.

The airport has been presented by the Chinese Government as something necessary to improve Beijing's international competitiveness and also essential to integrate the economic zone of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Province. The country's high transport charges have described the opening of the airport as “a very important way to demonstrate the growth of China.”

The works to build the airport began in 2014 and have cost around 11.5 billion dollars. The airport was designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid in the form of a starfish, with the intention of reducing walking distances for passengers.