London Heathrow Airport has topped the world’s busiest airport list (by international passengers) for the past 11 years, but the rank will certainly change when Beijing’s Daxing airport opens.
Currently under construction, the new airport will be Beijing’s third airport — after Beijing Capital International Airport and the semi-military Nanyuan Airport — and will occupy a total of 54 square kilometers with nine runways.
Due to be completed in 2015, Daxing airport is expected to handle 120 to 200 million passengers a year. That’s twice, or even three times, the capacity of Heathrow’s current annual passenger flow.
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