Beijing’s New Airport Is Nearly Ready for Takeoff
Beijing’s new airport saw four passenger planes completing test flights Monday morning.
This is the first time that commercial passenger aircraft have landed at the airport, signaling that the basic construction is complete. After this verification, the airport will go on with its efforts to get ready for commercial operation.
In addition to commercial flights, the airport has previously been tested with other types of planes for 112 hours.
Two more tests will be conducted before the airport is put into use. One is a specialized test for low visibility situations, the other is a full-scale test set for August 9.
The ICAO code of Beijing Daxing International Airport is approved by the IATA and CAAC to be “PKX” and “ZBAD.”
Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines respectively dispatched flagship models Boeing 747-8, Airbus 350-900 and A380. Meanwhile, Xiamen Airlines sent a Boeing 787-9 to take part in the test flights.
At 9 am, the A380 from China Southern Airlines made the first flight, taking off from Beijing Capital International Airport in the northeastern part of the city. At 9:30 am, the plane landed smoothly on the western runway at Beijing Daxing International Airport.
Xiamen Airlines’ Boeing 787-9 finished the last of the four flights, touching down at the new airport at around 9:46 am.
The new airport sits at the junction of Beijing’s southern Daxing District and Langfang, a city in northern Hebei Province. It is expected to handle 45 million passengers annually by 2021 and 72 million by 2025. So far over 50 airlines have expressed their interest in operating from the airport.
The airport is of the highest standard in China and has the longest runways to provide the best condition for planes to land. The budget for building the airport amounted to 11.5 billion U.S. dollars.
Beijing Daxing International Airport is scheduled to be completed June 30 and open Sept 30. It aims to meet the country’s surging air service demands and relieve the flight pressure at Beijing Capital International Airport.
The new airport, located at the junction of Beijing’s Daxing district and Langfang, a city in neighboring Hebei province, is expected to handle 45 million passengers annually by 2021 and 72 million by 2025.
A total of 90 reporters from 46 countries and regions visited Beijing Daxing International Airport during the second Belt and Road Forum on April 25. The airport’s official opening is planned for the end of September, according to the city’s top economic planner.
source: CGTN,Jakarta Post