Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX) is set to begin its first commercial flights this week. The airport, which is located about 50 kilometres from Tiananmen Square in the city centre, is expected to become the largest airport in the world.
The existing Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) is reportedly hitting full capacity, which makes it logistically impossible for airlines to add more flights. In 2018 alone, more than 100 million travellers made their way through its terminals, which makes it only the second airport in the world to reach that passenger traffic milestone, after Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta in the United States.
The greatly anticipated airport is set to deploy an Airbus A380 as the maiden flight, according to Chinese state media, and while construction was completed in June of this year, the airport only passed final inspection earlier this month.
The multibillion-dollar airport, designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid and her partners, spans more than 700,00 square feet and includes four runways, a terminal the size of 97 soccer pitches, as well as customer-service robots, all of which are made to accommodate more than 72 million passengers at one time.