China is planning to construct what would be the world’s largest cargo airport with nine runways near Beijing, in a Rmb30 billion (US$4.8 billion) project. State-owned China Radio International said that the as-yet-unnamed airport would have nine runways and handle 5.5 million tonnes of cargo a year, once it opens for business in October 2017.
The airport will be located in rural Daxing and cover almost 2,700ha, according to reports. The transportation authority of Lang Fang, in North China’s Hebei province, said the airport would be built in the area between the junction of Beijing and Langfang city.
The Chinese capital is currently home to Beijing Capital International Airport and Beijing Nanyuan Airport.