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Construction of second Beijing airport to begin in 2014

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Beijing Capital International Airport

The construction of a new airport in Beijing has been approved by the Chinese government. The new airport, to be constructed in the Daxing district, aims to ease congestion at the capital’s main hub.

Construction is expected to begin in 2014, and to be completed by 2018. There will be six runways for civilian aircraft and a seventh for military use.

“The new airport will be able to handle 45 million passengers each year after the opening and it will handle up to 70 million passengers by 2025,” said Zhu Wenxin, vice head of the office set up for building the airport.

The airport, estimated to cost around yuan (CNY) 70 billion ($11.3 billion), will be managed by state-owned Capital Airports Holding, which also manages Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA).