Beijing: China is set to become the world’s biggest aviation hub with its plans to construct a new mega-airport that would have as many as nine runways.
Beijing Daxing International airport, a structure designed by Sir Norman Foster, would handle around 370,000 passengers a day, and will be much bigger than all of Heathrow`s five terminals combined.
The new facility will not only serve Beijing, but also Tianjin and parts of Hebei, the Telegraph reports.
Beijing`s planners have found a 21 sq mile site to the south of the city, in the suburb of Daxing.
The site is presently around an hour`s drive from the city centre, but planners are pencilling in an extension to Beijing`s metro, and perhaps even a high-speed train line, the paper said.
The airport will be Beijing`s third, after Capital and the smaller, primarily military, Nanyuan airport.
According to Yao Weihui, the general manager of China United Airlines, Beijing Daxing would have eight runways for civilian use and a ninth for military use.