Beijing to launch new airport by 2018

Beijing, April 10 (IANS) Construction of a new airport in the Chinese capital will start next year, and the facility is expected to be completed and put to use in 2018, officials said Wednesday.

Preliminary work prior to the construction of the airport, to be located in Daxing district, is under way, Xinhua cited Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform officials as saying.

They said the airport will be linked with three expressways, including one that will be newly built in the capital.

An air transport-related economic zone is also planned, with an investment of 84 billion yuan (around $13 billion).

Upon completion, the new airport is expected to ease traffic pressure on the Beijing Capital International Airport. The airport’s passenger volume reach 81.8 million last year.

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