While it will take a couple of years to get up to capacity, the world's largest airport is set to open this week in Beijing, China.
Officially named the Beijing Daxing International Airport, this gigantic building, also nicknamed the "starfish" will carry upwards of 100 million passengers in any given calendar year. It will be the largest airport in the world, but designed in such a way that no traveler will need to walk more than eight minutes to get to any gate.
With construction completed in June, and final inspection completed on September 15, 2019, the airport is set to begin offering its first commercial flights this week. It will take some time to get up to projections, but when it reaches full capacity, it is expected to become the largest airport in the world.
The airport was esigned by Zaha Hadid and measures more than 700,000 square meters. Called the starfish because its many wings make it look like the animal, it will be easy to maneuver around and is expected to boast some incredibly cool features.
According to CNN, the security checkpoints will be closer to the gates than many airports will less size, it will include customer service robots set to roam the terminal and provide passengers with up-to-the-minute updates on flight status and weather, and will include a high-speed rail with express trains to get passengers from the airport to the city center in less than 20 minutes. By the Spring of 2020, estimates are that the travel hub will service over 112 destinations.
Traveling to China Has Never Been Easier
China is an extremely popular travel destination these days and will 11 of the 20 fastest-growing airports in the world, the country is certainly trying to make things easier for travelers.
This airport will be big but there's no doubt, the designer has kept the travel experience in mind for people looking to come into and out of the location.