[photopress:travel_beijing_terminal_3.jpg,full,alignright]Beijing Capital International Airport has held its last and largest drill before the trial operation starts February 29.
More than 8,000 passengers participated in the three-hour drill, checking in more than 7,000 pieces of luggage on 146 domestic and international flights.
Organizers said the main purpose of the drill was to test procedures of departure, arrival and transfer, as well as VIP security.
Most participants were university students and other volunteers selected by an online survey. The number of flights involved was nearly double that in the previous drill and was close to the estimated daily average expected when the terminal goes into operation.
Six airlines will use Terminal 3, including Sichuan Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Qatar Airways, Qantas Airways, British Airways and El Al Israel Airlines.
After Terminal 3 Ãs opening, the airport will have the capacity to carry 82 million passengers annually, against the present 35 million. The expansion cost RMB27 billion ($3.65 billion).
Source: Shanghai Daily