Beijing Plans New International Airport

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BEIJING, Jun. 22 – The Beijing municipal government has been assessing the district of Daxing to the south of the city as a potential location for a new international airport, municipal city planners have stated.

Recognizing a capacity shortage in cargo and passenger facilities provided by Beijing Capital Airport in the next 10 years, the municipal government plans to convert the suburban Daxing District into a logistics hub for Beijing and nearby Hebei Province. The plans will need state-level approval.

Daxing District is to the south of Beijing and is connected by the sixth ring road to the city. It is on main highway G106.

It currently takes about one hour to drive from Daxing to downtown in good traffic conditions, and the road and rail network would need considerable upgrading if an airport was to be constructed there. It is thought that the Daxing Airport plans would be to service Asian regional passenger flights and significantly increase cargo facilities if implemented.