The Beijing Daxing International Airport will be the world’s largest once completed. The master plan, submitted by the late Zaha Hadid and her Chinese partners, calls for the building of seven runways, and a 100 million passengers and four million tons of cargo handling capacity, annually. The airport is China’s flagship project in a host of endeavours to address the saturation issues it’s transportation hubs are facing.
Phase 1 of the project, which will house 4 runways and a terminal the size of 97 soccer pitches – is expected to be opened by September 2019. It is reported that it will be able to accommodate 72 million passengers and two million tons of cargo annually by 2025.
The $11.5 billion project is nicknamed the “starfish” for its shape of five concourses connected to a main hall. According to the airport authority, despite the site and capacity of the structure, the maximum distance between security checkpoints and the remotest gates will be no more than 600 meters.