Interesting Facts of Beijing’s New Daxing International Airport

October 8, 2019
By Syahirah Mokhtazar

The new high-tech Daxing International Airport in Beijing recently opened its doors to travelers on September 25, after Beijing’s first airport, the 109-year-old Nanyuan Airport closed.

Daxing International Airport which sits about 65km south of Beijing Capital International Airport, has adopted various impressive features that sets itself apart from other long-haul international airports like the ones in Tokyo, New York, Paris and London. Check out some interesting facts about the new aviation hub.

 

MIND-BLOWING ARCHITECTURE

From an aerial point of view, the airport which sits at 7.53 million sq ft has a distinctive star-shape with 7 runways. With this, it will be able to accommodate 620,000 flights and 100 million passengers per year, making it one of the busiest airports in the world.

The building which took about 5 years to complete and cost more than 80 billion yuan (US$11 billion) was designed by world-renowned Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. Hadid was the first woman to win the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize. Sadly, she passed away in 2016 and didn’t get the chance to see the grand project come to fruition. Apparently, she still had 36 projects on her plate, one which includes the 2022 World Cup Stadium in Qatar.

 

Also, according to radiichina.com, workers stumbled upon relics such as pottery, jewelry and the Qing Dynasty tombs while working under construction. Following this, the Beijing Cultural Relics Bureau was called in to check out the site.

Despite its large space, the architect made sure the mega-airport is walkable, that travelers can reach from point A to point B without the need for shuttles or trains. According to fastcompany.com, travelers only require a maximum of 8 minutes to get from the airport’s centre to any of the 79 departure gates.

The building also has features to cut down on carbon emissions, with its high-tech centralized heating system that was built to recover and retain excess heat from the airport’s operation.

We’re used to seeing of friends and family at the security checkpoints in most airports, but at Daxing, you can watch them go through security and make their way to the gates by standing on the fifth floor of the airport as it gives a bird’s eye view of passengers beyond the security gate.

 

HI – TECH SYSTEM

A grand airport like this only calls for the crème de la crème of technology to ensure a speedy and seamless experience for travelers.

Based on asiaone.com, Huawei Technologies, China Eastern Airlines and China Unicom have joined forces to introduced a 5G-based smart travel system. This supports the airport’s facial recognition technology set-up at the airport’s security gates and check-in stations, as well as paperless luggage-tracking service.

To paint you a clearer picture, the facial recognition technology automatically matches a person to a national database, and supports identity verification at the airport.

This feature will help to speed things up for travelers and reduce long lines at the airport as it is expected to process 260 people per hour.

 

Passengers can also have their faces scanned to check in their luggage, clear security and board the aircraft, which drops the need to show IDs, hold tickets or scan QR codes.

If passengers want to benefit the paperless luggage-tracking service, they must apply for reusable RFID (radio frequency identification) tags to be attached on their baggage. Before physically dropping off their luggage, they need to log their flight number and destination on the airline’s app. From the app, they can also track the status of their baggage. How cool!

 

THE AIRPORT HOTEL

It’s only fitting that the airport has an in-terminal hotel that’s equally superb. Named the Aerotel Beijing, the hotel boasts 215 guest rooms spanning across two-floors and located in the Northeast Pier of the airport, about 5 minutes away from the nearest domestic check-in counters and a 10-minute walk from the international ones.

 

It offers a modern and sleek design but most importantly, travelers can check in and out at any time of the day, making this a perfect spot for those traveling early morning or late at night. It was reported that guests only need to pay per number of hours that they intend to be in the room. The options come in blocks of 3, 6, 9 or 12 hours.

The rooms offer a pillow menu and soothing ambient lighting to allow you to get the optimum rest that you need, and recharge with its high-powered showers.

 

Source: CNN,  radiichina.com asiaone.com , fastcompany.com

Photos: Instagram

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