Beijing is considering on building a second international airport to deal with the passenger flow expected in 2008 Olympic season. Now the plan is under the initial stage of feasibility study.
The current Beijing Capital Airport, designed according to the aviation market demand of 2005, is able to handle a traffic flow of 35 million passengers annually and to be stuffed in operation by 2005. After that, how it can deal with such a large number of passengers, as especially in the Olympic season of 2008, has roused much concern.
Departments of civil aviation have been seeking for best solutions to meet the demand of aviation development of the capital city in the coming 10 to 20 years. As reported, now the discussions are mainly focused on expanding existing airports or constructing a new one in Beijing.
The latter has got an upper hand since it better represents the orientation of Beijing's development. Now a leading group has been set up by the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China for feasibility studies.
By PD Online Staff Member Li Heng
China Embraces 2008 Olympics
Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) has expressed its wishes that they will closely work together with the Olympic family and build on experiences of the previous host cities to ensure a successful games in 2008.
Beijing plans to spend 3.4 billion US dollars on sport venues and other related facilities for the 2008 summer Olympic Games.
Keeping to its commitment to staging a best ever Olympics, Beijing organisers has come up with a comprehensive and systematic plan to guide the preparation work for the 2008 Games.