Beijing is home to the world’s second busiest airport, the Beijing Capital International Airport, with 49 million passengers in the first half of 2018. Ten out the top 50 busiest airports in the world are in China, considering their booming middle class with a penchant for travel, it’s no surprise that the superpower is making way for the world’s largest airport.
The Beijing Daxing Airport is set to open in late 2019 as the largest in the world. It will feature eight runways and 700,000 square metres of terminal space. It’s expected to host over 100 million passers-through a year, and cost upwards of AUD 15 billion.
The airport’s size comes at a cost, it’s located over 50 kilometres out of town. A high-speed rail is touted to cover the distance problem however, so Beijing-bound travellers needn’t worry. Notably both of China’s major airlines, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines will be taking up permanent residence at Daxing, cementing it as the nation’s major hub for air travel.