Beijing's newest airport, Daxing International Airport (PKX) has finally opened its doors to airlines and passengers last Wednesday by China President Xi Jinping. Beijing's newest airport spans 700,000 square meters which is basically as large as 98 football fields. At full operating capacity, the airport is expected to handle 170M passengers. Presently, Beijing International Airport (PEK) is the world's 2nd busiest airport.
Despite the size and capacity of PEK, a second airport was needed in Beijing to handle the number of passengers. A second airport in the Chinese capital city, Beijing Nanyuan, will soon close with the opening of PKX.
The Starfish-shaped Daxing Airport is said to the largest terminal in a single building. During its launch, seven Chinese carriers were flying in and out the terminal. Based on a report by Simple Flying, China Southern was the first airline to operate a commercial flight from the new airport to Guangzhou utilizing an Airbus A380.
Other flights from PKX included an Air China 747-8 flight to Chengdu and a China Eastern A350-900 to Shanghai. International airlines including British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Finnair have already announced flights to PKX.
PKX is located around 46km south of Tiananmen Square. It was designed by famed architect Zaha Hadid.