China expects to open a new international airport equipped with nine runways in Beijing by 2017 to alleviate the pressure on Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA).
According to local media reports, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) should approve construction of the new this year.
Speaking at a ceremony to mark the delivery of a new Boeing plane on Monday (20 June), Yao Weihui, general manager of China United Airlines, said that the new airport would have eight runways for civilian use and a ninth for military use.
According to Weihui, the new airport in southern Beijing’s Daxing district will replace the city’s current Nanyuan Airport, which will be closed.
However, the project is yet to be approved by the National Development and Reform Commission, so any detail in the previous plan is subject to change, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said.
According to reports, Wang Jian, secretary-general of China Civil Airport Association, said that the new airport would have at least four runways for civilian use.
With more runways, the new airport will have more capacity to handle the large amount of traffic in and out of Beijing, Jian said.
The new airport is expected to help with traffic pressures faced by Beijing Capital International Airport, which is now the world's second largest in terms of passenger traffic.
Last year, Beijing Capital International Airport handled 73.9 million passengers.
The planned capacity for the second capital airport is at least 60mppa, according to earlier media reports.
Weihui told reporters that the first stage of the second airport will be built to handle at least 40mppa.