Beijing opens glitzy airport ahead of China’s 70th anniversary

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President Xi Jinping opened a futuristic new Beijing airport that is supposed to become one of the busiest in the globe on Wednesday.

Xi proclaimed the starfish-shaped airport open in short comments at a ceremony inside the gigantic terminal, days before the nation celebrates 70 years of Communist rule.

The Beijing Daxing International Airport, located 46 kilometers (29 miles) south of Tiananmen Square, will function at complete capacity in 2040, with eight runways and an annual capacity of 100 million passengers.

The single-terminal airport is viewed as an appropriate embodiment of Xi’s “Chinese Dream” provided to his fellow people. The new structure will be one of the biggest airport terminals in the world at 700,000 square meters (173 acres) — about the size of 100 football fields.

Under the terminal is a metro and train station that will allow tourists to reach the center of the town in about 20 minutes. If rail and road links are included, the project cost 120 billion yuan ($17.5 billion), or 400 billion.

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