[photopress:air_Zhengding_airport.jpg,full,alignright]China is upgrading several standby airports near Beijing for next year’s Olympics by renovating terminals, enlarging tarmacs, lengthening runways and improving services.
At Zhengding Airport, seen in our illustration, about 30 kilometers northeast of Shijiazhuang, capital of north China’s Hebei Province the air traffic control building has been extended and the terminal building doubled in size and renovated.
Earlier this year, workers enlarged the Zhengding tarmac by 35,000 square meters and built two new taxiways. The new, improved terminal will be able to handle 2.3 million passengers annually.
Zhengding is one of three standby airports for the Beijing Capital International Airport during the Olympic Games when the volume is expected to reach up to 1,500 flights daily.
Since the beginning of last year, an RMB1.5 billion renovation has been going on at Wusu International Airport about 15 km south of Taiyuan, capital of north China’s Shanxi Province.
There will be a new terminal building with a floor space of 55,000 square meters as well as the renovated original terminal. When it is all completed, the airport is expected to handle 6 million passengers annually.
In addition, the airport runway will be stretched from its current 3,200 meters to 3,600 meters to accommodate alternate landings for the Airbus A380, the world’s largest aircraft.
The Baita International Airport, about 10 kilometers east of Hohhot, capital of north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, has had a major renovation.
The two year, RMB1.5 billion project has a new terminal building with a floor space of 55,000 square meters that can handle 3 million passengers annually.
Workers have also built a new tarmac covering 374,000 square meters and doubled the aircraft parking bays to 32.
Source: People’s Daily Online
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