China plans world’s largest airport

A NEW nine-runway airport will be built between Beijing and Langfang in neighbouring Hebei Province (both China) within five years.

The US$4.8 billion airport will be capable of handling 5.5 million metric tonnes of freight each year and 130 million passengers, as it aims to compete with South Korea’s Incheon International Airport to become the leading regional hub.

The government has been eyeing an alternative to Beijing Capital International since swelling cargo and passenger numbers have reached capacity.

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