Site chosen for 2nd major Beijing airport

Nov. 2, 2007 at 8:50 AM

BEIJING, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Chinese officials have chosen the southern suburbs of Beijing on the Yongding River as the site of a second international airport for the Chinese capital.

Beijing Capital International Airport, China’s busiest, opened a third runway Monday, expecting rapidly expanding air demand with the coming 2008 Summer Olympics added to the already heavy daily business, Xinhua, China's official news agency, reported.

A major decision yet to be decided is which bank of the Yongding would be a better airport site. The river divides Beijing and Hebei Province.

Officials said a new airport in the southern suburbs would produce “a tripod of air transport hubs together with the existing Beijing Capital International Airport and the big airport in Tianjin."

It is part of an expansion project that includes a new terminal building, 100 new aprons, a cargo zone and auxiliary facilities

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