Beijing completes £9 billion mega airport with a terminal building the size of ...

China has completed its new mega airport in Beijing after four years of construction, three months ahead of its planned grand opening.  

Measuring at 1.03 million square meters - about the size of 144 football pitches - the Beijing Daxing International Airport will be the world's largest airport terminal, according to Xinhua News.

Main building work officially ended on schedule yesterday as the eye-catching £9 billion facility enters into final preparations for its inauguration on September 30.

China has completed its new mega airport in Beijing after four years of construction, three months ahead of its planned grand opening. Measuring at 1.03 million square meters - about the size of 144 football pitches - the Beijing Daxing International Airport will be the world's largest airport terminal, according to Xinhua News

China has completed its new mega airport in Beijing after four years of construction, three months ahead of its planned grand opening. Measuring at 1.03 million square meters - about the size of 144 football pitches - the Beijing Daxing International Airport will be the world's largest airport terminal, according to Xinhua News

Main building work officially ended on schedule yesterday as the eye-catching £9 billion facility enters into final preparations for its inauguration on September 30. The airport will become a pivotal air traffic hub for travel to and from China

Main building work officially ended on schedule yesterday as the eye-catching £9 billion facility enters into final preparations for its inauguration on September 30. The airport will become a pivotal air traffic hub for travel to and from China

Inside, it stands out for its flowing, curved lines and use of light that filters down to the lowest levels of the building through openings in the roof. Underneath the terminal is a train station that will allow travellers to reach the city centre in 20 minutes

Inside, it stands out for its flowing, curved lines and use of light that filters down to the lowest levels of the building through openings in the roof. Underneath the terminal is a train station that will allow travellers to reach the city centre in 20 minutes

The airport, resembling a massive shining starfish, was billed as 'The Golden Phoenix' and designed by late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.

Inside, it stands out for its flowing, curved lines and use of light that filters down to the lowest levels of the building through openings in the roof.

Underneath the terminal is a train station and metro line that will allow travellers to reach the city centre in 20 minutes. 

Located 46 kilometres south of Tiananmen square, the new airport will operate at full capacity in 2025, with four runways and the potential to receive 72 million passengers per year. 

The terminal building, resembling a massive shining starfish, was designed by late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid

The terminal building, resembling a massive shining starfish, was designed by late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid

Located 46 kilometres south of Tiananmen square, the new airport will operate at full capacity in 2025, with four runways and the potential to receive 72 million passengers per year

Located 46 kilometres south of Tiananmen square, the new airport will operate at full capacity in 2025, with four runways and the potential to receive 72 million passengers per year

By 2040 the hub is expected to have expanded to eight runways including one for military use, and will be able to welcome 100 million passengers per year - which will make it the world's largest single terminal in terms of traveller capacity

By 2040 the hub is expected to have expanded to eight runways including one for military use, and will be able to welcome 100 million passengers per year - which will make it the world's largest single terminal in terms of traveller capacity

Last week, authorities unveiled the hub's main air traffic control tower. The 20-storey structure, designed to resemble the shape of a feather from a phoenix, took workers two years to build

Last week, authorities unveiled the hub's main air traffic control tower. The 20-storey structure, designed to resemble the shape of a feather from a phoenix, took workers two years to build

Last week, authorities unveiled the hub's main air traffic control tower. The 20-storey structure, designed to resemble the shape of a feather from a phoenix, took workers two years to build. 

The tower is equipped with a state-of-the-art guiding system which could automatically identify potential collisions between aircraft on the aprons and runways, according to Northern China Air Traffic Control Bureau. 

The system will then alert airport workers of the danger, plan alternative routes for the planes and turn on ground lights to help pilots navigate the aircraft.

Daxing, a chess piece for China's civil aviation, is built with 1.6 million cubic metres of concrete and 52,000 tonnes of steel

Daxing, a chess piece for China's civil aviation, is built with 1.6 million cubic metres of concrete and 52,000 tonnes of steel

With an expected passenger volume of 100 million a year in the long run, Beijing Daxing International Airport will be one of the world's busiest airport. The airport's six-wing terminal building is designed by late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid

With an expected passenger volume of 100 million a year in the long run, Beijing Daxing International Airport will be one of the world's busiest airport. The airport's six-wing terminal building is designed by late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid

The opening of the airport comes one day ahead of the anniversary of the foundation of the People's Republic on October 1, 1949 by Mao Zedong

The opening of the airport comes one day ahead of the anniversary of the foundation of the People's Republic on October 1, 1949 by Mao Zedong

The airport has gone through a two-month assessment to check the quality of the airport's runways and air-control facilities

The airport has gone through a two-month assessment to check the quality of the airport's runways and air-control facilities

By 2040 the hub is expected to have expanded to eight runways including one for military use, and will be able to welcome 100 million passengers per year - which will make it the world's largest single terminal in terms of traveller capacity, according to its designers.

Atlanta airport, in the United States, can currently receive more than a hundred million passengers, but across two terminals.

The current Beijing Capital International Airport - the world's second

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