CHINA’S new mega airport is set to open at the end of this month, ahead of the country’s national day.
The £9billion transport hub in Beijing will feature a huge terminal designed by Zaha Hadid, which is billed to be the world’s biggest terminal building.
China will be celebrating its national day on October 1, and it’s expected that Beijing Daxing International Airport will be opening before then, on September 30.
Some Chinese media have reported that the airport will gradually open in the days leading up to it.
The airport has however scheduled the first commercial flights to Hong Kong and Guangzhou on China Southern Airlines today according to flight information on Flightradar 24.
But it’s not clear whether these are part of the series of operational tests at the airport.
Earlier this week, the airport finished the final tests on its border control systems.
This is thanks to a combination of new technology including infrared temperature gauge, facial recognition and sensors that detect any radioactive materials.
Bai Henghong, director of the Beijing Daxing International Airport project, told the agency: “It is the world’s largest integrated transportation hub.
“The terminal building is also the world’s largest built with a seamless steel structure, boasting the world’s first design of double-deck departure and double-deck arrival platforms.”
It covers a total area of a million square metres, although the plans for the building was originally 700,000 square metres.