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Daxing airport will be flight ready on Sept 15

Wang Keju
Updated: Sep 05,2019 01:26 PM    China Daily
Photo taken on Sept 4, 2019 shows the interior of Beijing Daxing International Airport. All inspections at the new Beijing Daxing International Airport are complete, and is ready for operations. The airport is currently the world's largest integrated transportation hub with several records — the first time that high-speed trains will run under an airport terminal, the first terminal with double departure and arrival floors, and the largest terminal building in the world. [Photo/Xinhua]

Beijing Daxing International Airport will be qualified to handle flights on Sept 15, taking a big step forward toward its official opening before Sept 30, according to the airport authority on Sept 4.

The new airport, after a six-month evaluation, will soon get an operating license from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, and the facility will welcome the first batch of flights soon, said Qian Yuanyuan, manager of the airport's operations management department.

A worker checks and adjusts devices inside Beijing Daxing International Airport, Sept 4, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

"In the opening ceremony of the new airport, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Air China will each send a flagship airplane to take off from the airport," she said, adding that China United Airlines, Capital Airlines and Hebei Airlines are expected to have one plane each landing at the airport.

Though the specific opening date of the airport has so far not been finalized by the administration, China Southern Airlines said on Sept 3 in a WeChat post attracting passengers for its first flight that the date will be around Sept 20.

Photo taken on Sept 4, 2019 shows the interior of Beijing Daxing International Airport. [Photo/Xinhua]

The new airport will conduct its sixth full-scale test run on Sept 6 to further assess its operational readiness and fix possible problems, Qian said.

Since July 19, the airport has undergone 750 tests involving over 500 flights and 50,000 simulated passengers.

The new airport has adopted a variety of self-service and other advanced technologies, including self-service check-in and smart security checks to save time for passengers, according to Wang Hui, manager of the terminal management department.

Photo taken on Sept 4, 2019 shows the interior of Beijing Daxing International Airport. [Photo/Xinhua]

"The airport has over 400 self-service check-in kiosks, which means over 80 percent of check-ins will be self-service and require passengers to line up for no more than 10 minutes," he said. "And its smart security check channels are able to handle 260 passengers per hour, 40 percent faster than using the traditional means."

Passengers will be able to enjoy a completely paperless boarding experience since the airport uses facial recognition technology in boarding procedures, he added.

The new airport is designed to take pressure off the overcrowded Beijing Capital International Airport. By 2025, the new airport is expected to handle 72 million passengers a year. By 2040, that number is expected to grow to 100 million.

Photo taken on Sept 4, 2019 shows the interior of Beijing Daxing International Airport. [Photo/Xinhua]

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