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New Beijing airport breaks ground

Updated: Dec 26,2014 3:41 PM     Xinhua

The ground breaking ceremony of Beijing’s new airport is held in the Daxing District of Beijing, capital of China, Dec 26, 2014. The airport is designed to handle 72 million passengers, 2 million tonnes of cargo and mail, and 620,000 flights in 2025. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — Construction of Beijing’s new airport started on Dec 26.

The project will cost 79.98 billion yuan ($13.11 billion) and take about five years to complete.

The airport is designed to handle 72 million passengers, 2 million tonnes of cargo and mail, and 620,000 flights by 2025, according to the National Development and Reform Commission, which approved the plan on Dec 15.

The ground breaking ceremony of Beijing’s new airport is held in the Daxing District of Beijing, capital of China, Dec 26, 2014. The airport is designed to handle 72 million passengers, 2 million tonnes of cargo and mail, and 620,000 flights in 2025.[Photo/Xinhua]

It is expected to meet Beijing’s rising demand for air transportation and help achieve balanced development in the capital’s southern and northern areas, it said.

The new airport will be built in southern Beijing’s Daxing District, which borders Hebei province.

Beijing International Airport, located in northeastern Beijing, was listed as the second busiest airport by passenger numbers in the world last year, behind Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the United States.

Construction work begins for Beijing’s new airport after its ground breaking ceremony in the Daxing District of Beijing, capital of China, Dec 26, 2014. The airport is designed to handle 72 million passengers, 2 million tonnes of cargo and mail, and 620,000 flights in 2025.[Photo/Xinhua]

Due to the limited capacity to handle flights, about 300 flights every day and nearly 10 million passengers each year cannot be handled by the Beijing Capital International Airport, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

The ground breaking ceremony of Beijing’s new airport is held in the Daxing District of Beijing, capital of China, Dec 26, 2014. The airport is designed to handle 72 million passengers, 2 million tonnes of cargo and mail, and 620,000 flights in 2025. [Photo/Xinhua]

Local villagers pose with the foundation stone at the ground breaking ceremony of Beijing’s new airport in the Daxing District of Beijing, capital of China, Dec 26, 2014. The airport is designed to handle 72 million passengers, 2 million tonnes of cargo and mail, and 620,000 flights in 2025. [Photo/Xinhua]

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