Beijing needs a bigger airport. The number of people in China taking airplane trips annually just cannot be supported by Beijing’s Capital International Airport any longer. You can blame the huge increase in tourism throughout Asia in general for why China’s major hub just isn’t cutting it any longer. The news comes as a shock to most people. That’s because Beijing’s airport was built just 11 years ago. You may remember that China designed the airport to open in time for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Just how much is China’s annual airline passenger traffic growing? It is estimated that something like 1.26 billion people used air travel in China last year. That’s up more than 10 percent from 2017. China could soon have the world’s largest aviation market. That honor currently belongs to the United States. However, the International Air Transport Association is predicting that China will bump the United States out of the top spot by 2022. Beijing’s Capital International Airport served a whopping 100 million passengers in 2018. Which American airport was busy enough to beat that? Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The Southern hub served 107 million passengers last year.
The huge number of airline passengers in China is creating some real congestion issues at airports. It is estimated that Beijing’s Capital International Airport sees about 400 flight delays per day as a result of issues stemming from air traffic. Beijing’s Capital International Airport may be at capacity. However, the good news is that travelers don’t have to wait much longer until a bigger and better airport will be ready. Beijing Daxing International Airport is scheduled to open in September of this year. This show-stopping airport has a price tag of $12 billion. It will ultimately be able to handle 100 million passengers and approximately 620,000 flights per year.
The goal behind the new airport is to serve as many passengers as possible while making the travel process go as smoothly as possible. One of the ways that Chinese officials plan to do this is through the use of a new high-speed rail. This new rail will make it possible for people coming from 28 different cities throughout China to access the airport within three hours. The airport won’t just make it easier to travel. It is also expected that the massive complex will help to stimulate economic development in struggling areas near Beijing and in the Hebei province.
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