Do picturesque locales from new travel destinations catch your fancy? Well, the new international airport in Beijing seems to have gotten into the same league with its fantastical space fiction-like looks. And for sci-fi lovers, it might just be a dream come true. Yet to start its operations, the pictures of the airport in China’s capital have created quite a buzz on social media.
Located 46 km south of downtown Beijing, the airport is designed to divide and take the pressure off the over-crowded Beijing Capital International Airport that is located 32 km northeast of Beijing’s city center. All set to be completed in July 2019, the test operations are expected to begin in October 2019 after the engineering projects are over, a Beijing Construction Engineering Group contractor stated.
The airport terminal building, which will be covering an area of over 3,13,000 square meters, will consist a centrepiece along with five arms resembling a phoenix spreading out its wings. Moreover, it will have four runways and will be able to accommodate 6,20,000 flights per year, handle up to 100 million passengers and 4 million tonnes of cargo each year in the long run.
The airport terminal building, being built at a whopping cost of 80 billion yuan (approximately Rs 79,240 crore), is designed in the shape of a giant flower that would cover an area of 313,000 square meters. It will have six-pier with walkways. It will also have gardens, ornate landscaping and separate passenger areas for domestic and international passengers.
The airport is expected to handle a maximum capacity of 100 million passengers. However, in the first phase, it will serve 72 million passengers annually with four runways. Approximately 67 km away from the present Beijing Capital International Airport, the new airport is said to have the China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines as the main carriers.
Netizens are already impressed with the pictures floating around on social media, and they simply can’t keep calm. One user even went on to say that the next Avengers movie could be shot there.