China plans to build world's biggest airport near Beijing

Beijing, Sept 10 (ANI): China is set to become the world's biggest aviation hub with its plans to construct a new mega-airport that would have as many as nine runways.

Beijing Daxing International airport, a structure designed by Sir Norman Foster, would handle around 370,000 passengers a day, and will be much bigger than all of Heathrow's five terminals combined.

The new facility will not only serve Beijing, but also Tianjin and parts of Hebei, the Telegraph reports.

Beijing's planners have found a 21 sq mile site to the south of the city, in the suburb of Daxing.

The site is presently around an hour's drive from the city centre, but planners are pencilling in an extension to Beijing's metro, and perhaps even a high-speed train line, the paper said.

The airport will be Beijing's third, after Capital and the smaller, primarily military, Nanyuan airport.

According to Yao Weihui, the general manager of China United Airlines, Beijing Daxing would have eight runways for civilian use and a ninth for military use. (ANI)