[photopress:air_terminal_3_1.jpg,full,alignright]Air China will begin using the newly constructed Terminal 3 of the Beijing Capital Airport in March 2008. Which will give plenty of time for all the small problems – no new airport has ever opened without problems – in plenty of time for the Olympic Games for which it will be the main supporting building.
The one million square-meter Terminal 3 project also includes a 3,800-meter-long by 60-meter-wide runway, which will accommodate the Airbus A380, the largest aircraft in the world. Terminal 3 will double the current passenger capacity of the Beijing Capital Airport by 2015.
Mrs. Lan Zhang, senior Vice President of Air China, said, ‘Air China is proud to be the flagship tenant in Beijing’s fabulous new Terminal 3. Our familiar customers will benefit from the move to this new facility, and our new passengers joining for the 2008 Olympic Games will also be pleased with their state-of-the-art experience here in Terminal 3.’
The new Li-Tian highway will run north of the airport, while the airport railway connects the city to the airport. Passengers may take the city railway from Dongzhimen to the airport transportation center, located at the south side of Terminal 3. The airport will also provide 7,000 parking spaces next to the Terminal 3 building.
Terminal 3 will serve Air China – China’s flagship air carrier – and its alliance airline companies, as well as foreign airlines. The project took three years and nine months to complete. It covers an area of approximately 1 million square meters.
Source: Forbes and People’s Daily Online