10/11/2012 11:13 am ET Updated Oct 15, 2012

Beijing Mega Airport Plans Revealed


Plans have been revealed for a Beijing airport so large, it's capacity will be larger than New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and London's Heathrow Airport combined, reports

Projected to open in 2017, the Beijing Daxing International Airport will be able to accommodate 130 million passengers a year. That's 23 million more than JFK and Heathrow.

According to the Australian Business Traveller, it will measure 55 square kilometres (about 21 square miles), which is just slightly larger than the island of Bermuda.

Its eight runways will be a hub for China Southern and China Eastern airlines. Air China will remain at Beijing Capital International Airport.

A ground transportation hub will funnel passengers onto a high-speed train that will have them in Beijing in 30 minutes, or onto the traditional subway system.

Sure this airport will be big. But will it be as cool as the floating island airport that has been proposed for London to alleviate the traffic at Heathrow?



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