12 NOVEMBER 2012
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Work is now under way at Beijing New International Airport (BNIA) with a capacity to handle up to 130m passengers annually, that is almost 40m passengers more than the current busiest Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta. It will have a total of eight runways and is located at Daxing, a rural area 30 miles south of Tiananmen Square. It is scheduled to open in 2017.
Beijing Capital International Airport, which dates back to 1958, and was substantially expanded prior to the 2008 Olympics, is 20 miles north east of Tiananmen Square and currently the second busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger throughput behind Atlanta.
Netherlands Airport Consultants bv (NACO) has won the design competition. Rik Krabbendam, Managing Director, said: "Since the new airport will predominantly handle domestic traffic, the challenge was to fit in 100m passenger movements on the landside areas of the new airport".
Incorporated into the design are all modes of public transport (including high-speed trains, metro and inter-airport trains), which will be processed in a Ground Transportation Centre in front of the new terminals. The layout of the runways, taxiways and aprons have been carefully designed to keep taxi distances as short as possible, thereby lessening fuel burn and CO2 emissions. www.naco.nl
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