Chinese authorities are slated to begin construction on Beijing’s newest airport later this year. State-owned China Radio International said that the yet-to-be-named airport will handle 5.5. million tonnes of freight annually when it opens its doors in October 2017.
Beijing’s new airport will also feature nine runways and welcome more than 130 million passengers a year, according to China Radio International. Such a volume will eclipse Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as the busiest passenger airport in the world.
The airport will be located in rural Daxing and span 6,620 acres, according to recent reports. In an online report, Beijing-based economic magazine Caijing estimated the cost of the new airport at 30.2 billion yuan, or $4.8 billion.
Beijing is currently home to Beijing Capital International Airport — which trails Hartsfield-Jackson as the world’s busiest airport — and China United Airlines hub Beijing Nanyuan Airport. The latter airport will close once the new airport in Daxing commences operations.