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China declares formal opening of huge new Beijing airport


China’s new $11bn (£8.8bn) mega airport has opened its doors, days before the country’s 70th anniversary celebrations.

The Daxing International Airport in the capital Beijing was formally opened by President Xi Jinping.

The airport spans 700,000 square metres, or 98 football fields, says state media outlet China Daily.

Beijing’s existing airport is the world’s second busiest behind Atlanta, according to the Airport Council.

But officials say a new airport was needed to take the pressure off the overcrowded Beijing Capital International Airport.

The Daxing airport – said to be the world’s largest terminal in a single building – is expected to receive a large amount of the 170m passengers the city expects to welcome by 2025.

The new airport, which is located around 46km (29 mi) south of Tiananmen Square, was designed by famed architect Zaha Hadid.

With the opening of the airport, Beijing has joined a group of cities, including New York and London, that have two-long haul international airports.

Source: BBC


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