Friday, October 9, 2015   

Beijing to start building new airport in first half
(03-05 19:09)

Work on building a new airport in south Beijing is likely to start before July, local authorities said.
The new airport is expected to come online in 2018, according to Wang Xueqiu, senior political adviser of northern city Langfang.
The facility will help ease pressure on Beijing Capital International Airport, which remained the world's second-busiest airport in 2013 in terms of passenger throughput. Its passenger volume reached 83.65 million.
Annual passenger volume at the new airport is expected to be 130 million, surpassing that of Atlanta International Airport, currently the world's busiest, said Wang, also a deputy to the National People's Congress, the legislature.
Wang is looking to the new airport to drive development of related industries in the less-developed city amid a strategic move to better integrate cities around Beijing.
Beijing and neighboring Tianjin Municipality and Hebei Province should coordinate in city planning, environmental protection, industry and market integration to build a functioning urban agglomeration, President Xi Jinping said at a meeting last month.--Xinhua

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