Beijing Daxing International Airport (Chinese: 北京大兴国际机场; pinyin: Běijīng Dàxīng Guójì Jīchǎng) (IATA: PKX, ICAO: ZBAD) (nicknamed “starfish” by Chinese media), located on the border of Beijing and Langfang, Hebei Province, is Beijing’s second international airport. The name of the airport was announced on September 14, 2018. The terminal building is the largest single-structure airport terminals in the world, with an area of more than 1,000,000 m2 (11,000,000 sq ft). It was completed on June 30, 2019. The opening ceremony for the airport was held on September 25, 2019, with the airport opened to the public on September 26, 2019. Upon completion, it will serve as a major international hub airport in Northern China. There will be 4 runways, and 79 contact aircraft stands.
The airport is 46 kilometers south of Tian’anmen Square, 26 kilometers west of downtown Langfang City, 50 kilometers northeast of Xiong’an New Area, and 65 kilometers south of the existing Beijing Capital International Airport, and is expected to serve Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei. It will serve as a hub for SkyTeam alliance airlines (except China Southern Airlines who just left the Skyteam) and some Oneworld members, while Star Alliance members will stay at the existing Beijing Capital International Airport. Hainan Airlines, which accounted for 10% of Beijing Capital International’s passenger seat capacity in 2016, but is not part of any major alliance, will stay at the existing capital airport.
Upon opening of the new airport, Beijing Nanyuan Airport (currently solely served by China United Airlines) will be closed.
A military airfield will co-exist as was the case in Nanyuan.
After almost five years of construction, the $63 billion facility features a 7.5 million square foot terminal and sits on 18 square miles of land, making it the world’s largest airport.