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Old December 22nd, 2014, 03:09 PM   #2041
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Hainan is so far my favourite domestic airline of the ones I've tried, in part due to the food. By comparison last time I went with Southern I actually got edible food, not sure if that was progress or a fluke.
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Old December 22nd, 2014, 03:37 PM   #2042
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I've just done a whirlwind tour of China, making sure to get the big 3. No doubt, Hainan Airlines is the best. T1 may not be much, but arriving into T1 was amazing - it took me 10 mins (with toilet break) from the aircraft to the taxi stand (I had to claim my baggage even). China Southern, China Eastern and Air China are pretty similar, IMHO. Although T3 has better facilities, departing T2 domestic is the best thanks to the ultra cheap canteen eatery and short walking distances.
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Old December 22nd, 2014, 06:06 PM   #2043
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Beijing courting overseas tourists
18 December 2014
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Extending visa-free entry and giving tax refunds among moves discussed

Beijing is trying to improve the 72-hour visa-free entry policy for international transit passengers to attract more overseas visitors.

Proposals under discussion include extending the limit for transit passengers to 96 hours, and opening up visa-free entry to all foreign visitors.

Other moves that may be introduced to lure more visitors include having more direct flights to overseas destinations, and making changes to the tax system.

"We will apply for a duty-free policy in the city and the provision of tax refunds before departure," said Song Yu, head of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development.

He said Beijing believes the measures would boost its struggling inbound tourism market.

"We will also promote tourist attractions and the new policies to the overseas market through visa application centers, embassies and tourist offices," he added.

Beijing began offering visa-free entry to transit visitors from 45 countries and regions, including the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Canada, in January of last year. They can spend up to 72 hours in the city after flying in, providing they have third-country visas and onward tickets.

Nearly 40,000 visitors had used the service as of Dec 16. The 2014 total is expected to exceed 20,000, according to Beijing Capital International Airport.

The tourists using the service account for 1 percent of the total number of overseas visitors to Beijing, and the majority come from the US and Russia.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 12:45 PM   #2044
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Ground breaking ceremony of Beijing's new airport held in Daxing

The ground breaking ceremony of Beijing's new airport is held in the Daxing District of Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 26, 2014. The airport is designed to handle 72 million passengers, 2 million tonnes of cargo and mail, and 620,000 flights in 2025. (Xinhua/Luo Xiaoguang)













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Old December 29th, 2014, 06:27 PM   #2045
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New Beijing airport to be operational in 5 years
By ZHAO LEI (China Daily)



Beijing will start construction of a new airport in the capital on Friday that will become operational in 2019.

The project, which was given final approval by the National Development and Reform Commission last week, will involve nearly 80 billion yuan ($13.1 billion) of investment, making it the costliest project in China's civil aviation history.

The airport is planned to handle 72 million passengers, 2 million metric tons of cargo and 620,000 flights annually after 2025.

The new hub, which has not been officially named, will be in Daxing district, 46 km south of Tian'anmen Square. It will be 67 km from Beijing Capital International Airport.

It will include four runways, 150 parking aprons for passenger jets, 24 parking aprons for cargo aircraft, 14 maintenance areas and a terminal building with a floor area of 700,000 square meters.

A 66-km rapid transit line will be built to link northern areas of the city to the new airport. Once completed, it will take passengers less than 30 minutes to get to the airport from the city center.

Top leaders, including President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, have given their attention to the project, said Liu Xuesong, general manager of Capital Airports Holding Co, the largest airport operator in China and owner of the new airport.

"President Xi has asked us to build the new airport as a landmark structure, while Premier Li asked us to economize on the designated land and to introduce more private investment to the project," Liu said.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China will provide 18 billion yuan from its civil aviation development fund for the project, while Capital Airports Holding Co will invest 6 billion yuan. The rest of the investment will rely on bank loans and private capital, the National Development and Reform Commission said.

The new airport is expected to handle 45 million passengers when it enters service in 2019.

Its management will consist of officials from the Civil Aviation Administration, the governments of Beijing municipality and Hebei province as well as executives from a new company operating the facility, said Zhou Laizhen, deputy director of the administration.

China Southern Airlines, one of the four biggest Chinese carriers, has decided to move its main operations base to the new airport from Beijing Capital, Zhou added.

"The compensation plan for those who will be relocated to make way for the new airport has been decided, although demolition work has yet to start," Zhou said. "About 70 percent of the villages affected are in Beijing, while the rest are in Hebei province."

Beijing has two airports handling civil aviation flights — Beijing Capital International and Nanyuan International.

Beijing Capital, located in northeast Beijing and which served 83.7 million passengers in 2013, was listed as the second-busiest airport in the world last year by passenger numbers.

Beijing Nanyuan, which is controlled by the Chinese air force, will be relocated within 5 years as the CAAC, the Beijing government and the air force have reached agreement on this, Zhou said, without disclosing the new location.

"After the new airport becomes operational, Beijing Capital will focus on international and long-distance domestic flights," he said.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2...t_19162376.htm
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Old December 30th, 2014, 12:40 PM   #2046
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Confirmed design???
A local media said a French engineering firm - ADP Ingenierie - won the tender of designing the terminal building. http://www.btcbd.com/news/2014/115837.html

However, a quick check on the company website, it only mentioned a study on various aspects of the new airport. Nothing mentioned on the design of the terminal building, no blueprints, no drafts or rendering.
http://www.adp-i.com/en/new-beijing-...-terminal-zone

Though multiple sources confirmed the construction of the terminal building will commence in September, 2015, so if no design is revealed now, it should be soon!
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Old December 30th, 2014, 01:29 PM   #2047
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Can't believe, They want to built another one. I think BCIA is already huge enough to handle passengers at least for a decade in future. Wow!
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Old December 31st, 2014, 03:01 AM   #2048
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New Daxing Airport

Here is the image I pulled from the ADP-I site.
The five-prong design looks somewhat consistent with the image about three post up.



But the earlier design was this one below which is consistent with the one shown on wikipedia. Not sure if this is not longer valid.



You can get a bit more images from images.google.com.
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Old December 31st, 2014, 04:12 AM   #2049
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I hope they build that five-prong design. There seem to be small gardens in every prong.
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Old December 31st, 2014, 08:16 AM   #2050
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We'll need a new thread for it soon enough.
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Old December 31st, 2014, 08:48 AM   #2051
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No, this thread here just needs to get renamed into "Beijing Area Airports".
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Old December 31st, 2014, 07:04 PM   #2052
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New Beijing airport to be operational in 5 years
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A 66-km rapid transit line will be built to link northern areas of the city to the new airport. Once completed, it will take passengers less than 30 minutes to get to the airport from the city center.

130km/h is not bad for an airport line but I'd love to see a faster 200km/h CRH line like Shanghai Metro line 22. 66-km is long enough to be an "Intercity" line.
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Old January 1st, 2015, 12:37 AM   #2053
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I'm hope they choose the 5 finger concept. I'm getting tired of all the Hong Kong-like terminals being built.
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Old January 2nd, 2015, 06:36 AM   #2054
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Whatever happened to the plans to build a 150 million PAX airport in Daxing???
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Old January 2nd, 2015, 07:44 AM   #2055
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I don't they need to build capacity for 150 million at the get go. The existing PEK already has capacity for 80+ million and this airport will almost double the capacity for the region. This should last for quite a few years before they eventually build it to handle 150 million passengers ... and expand the number of runways to 8 (per the original design) from the announced 4 at the moment.
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Old January 2nd, 2015, 10:32 AM   #2056
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The plans have called for an airport to be built 2018-2030, growing significantly in the period. I am not sure I believe the claim that Capital Airport can't expand, but there certainly isn't room for another 8+1 runways as there will be at Daxing.

I am glad the plans changed from a Daxing airport metro line going from Beijing South to today's lines 19 and 20 (I hope they plan a connecting station for 20/21 as well, it would make no sense if they didn't). However, Daxing airport is really far out from the city, and would need a HSR connection, which also should make the airport more accessible from Baoding and Tianjin as well. A high-speed connection Capital and Daxing airport would be desirable too, and 20 and 21 wouldn't meet that mark.
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Old January 4th, 2015, 01:51 PM   #2057
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OMG!! A new airport for Beijing??? Chinese people are crazy!
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Old January 4th, 2015, 05:35 PM   #2058
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Old January 4th, 2015, 06:28 PM   #2059
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Would be interesting if they will adopt a Hongqiao HSR combined terminal approach for the new airport.
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Old January 4th, 2015, 07:59 PM   #2060
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It would have been sensible. There are two HSR lines Beijing and a future Baoding-Tianjin line passing nearby. As far as I know there are no plans to extend/branch them through the airport.
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