China has opened a vast, multibillion-dollar airport in the country’s capital, in the run-up to a major political anniversary.
Daxing international, said to be world’s largest single-building terminal, to handle 72million passengers. By 2040, the airport is expected to expand to eight runways and accommodate 100 million passengers a year.
The airport spans 700,000 square meters, or 98 football fields, says state media.
The new mega-airport, the second in Beijing, was designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid the shape of a starfish with five connected concourses, with four runways.
Airport is to include customer-service robots to deliver flight information and facial recognition-enabled check-in.
Critics have questioned the need for a second airport in the capital, especially one that is almost twice the distance from the city centre as the existing airport.
Beijing’s existing airport is the world’s second busiest behind Atlanta, according to the Airport Council.
But officials say a new airport was needed to take the pressure off the overcrowded Beijing Capital International Airport.