Late last year, the largest airport in the world opened up near Beijing named the Daxing International Airport (PKX), costing $11 billion USD to develop and covers 7.5 million square feet of space.
Located an hour north of Beijing, Daxing International Airport offers travelers an array of open spaces, lounges, shops, cafes and restaurants as well as smart technology such as self-check-in kiosks, biometric border control and high-tech security systems to help with efficiency and ease of transferring throughout the airport.
The interior is gorgeous, thanks to Zaha Hadid, an architect firm from London, which designed the airport. The ceiling has intertwined and open-like structures resembling creatures from below the sea, and because of the design, there’s plenty of natural light beaming inside. There are five open courtyards that have been developed in a traditional Chinese manner featuring pavilions, benches and plenty of trees and grass for travelers to spend time in. It’s nothing like Singapore Changi, but it is definitely beautiful. Daxing International Airport also has interactive LED screens projecting art, modern chairs and benches throughout, and shops that are both globally known and high-end to more local Chinese ones selling excellent last-minute gifts and souvenirs, 5G Wi-Fi, yoga room, baby facilities and lounges. The domestic terminal offers the following lounges: two China Southern Lounges, China Eastern First Class Lounge, China Eastern VIP Lounge, BCS Lounge and Airport VIP Lounge. Whereas the international terminal offers the following lounges: China Eastern Lounge, China Southern Lounge, Airport VIP Lounge and BCS Lounge.
The exterior looks like one giant starfish and is the largest, single structure airport in the world—completely unique in its own way. Moreover, the international and domestic terminals are stacked on top of each other, allowing for complete efficiency in the use of space and getting from one point of the airport to the other.
Many airlines are beginning to make their presence at Daxing International Airport including Beijing Capital Airlines, Hebei Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Air China, United Airlines, British Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Himalaya Airlines, iFly Airlines, Polish Airlines and Finnair.
For a full tour of Beijing’s Daxing International Airport, preview the video below, courtesy of CityVeracity.
(Main image source: 王之桐 [CC BY-SA])