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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

Beijing Airport’s third runway passes inspection


Beijing Capital International Airport’s newly constructed third runway has passed acceptance inspection of China’s civil aviation authority and is ready for operation beginning October 29th. Based on the findings of the examination group from the General Administration of the Civil Aviation of China (CAAC), the runway construction met the required standards. Yang Guoqing, deputy head of the CAAC, urged the airport to prepare emergency and transition plans and intensify workforce training to ensure safe operation of the new runway. Apart from the runway, a 420,000 sq.m. terminal three building, an additional 100 aprons, a cargo zone and auxiliary facilities -- which would enable the airport to accommodate 60 million passengers and handle 1.8 million tons of cargo each year -- are to be constructed. The third runway -- in addition to the two existing runways and two terminals, which can handle a combined capacity of 35 million passengers a year -- will form part of BCIA’s expansion project to help augment the airport’s operation demand in the upcoming 29th Olympic Games, to be held in Beijing in 2008. The monthly arrival of passengers at the airport during the Olympics is expected to reach 5.56 million. This is equivalent to the normal transport volume predicted for 2015. In addition, says the controlling officer director of BCIA, Yang Fei, there will also be an increase in the arrival and departure capacity of the airport, from 80 flights to 115 flights per hour, when the third terminal goes into operation next February.

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