On December 29, 2007, the third passenger terminal (T3) went through the completion assessment as scheduled, and was planned to be officially launched into operation in two phases starting respectively on February 29 and March 26, 2008, according to the Capital Airport Holding Co. at the meeting to pledge resolutions for the accomplishment of the project.
It is stated that Terminal 3 will serve Air China –China's flagship air carrier—and its alliance airline companies, as well as foreign airlines. The project started to break ground on March 28, 2004, and lasted for three years and nine months to complete. It covers an area of approximately 1 million square meters, and its facilities not only fully answer the international aviation requirements, but stay in the lead as well.
Terminal 3 possesses three function areas: C, D and E. Area C is used for check-in on both domestic and overseas routes; domestically bound departures and baggage claim from home and abroad. Area D is provisionally reserved for 2008 summer Olympics and Paralympics. Area E is specified for international departures and arrivals.
On top of that, Terminal 3 is also a compact of traditional Chinese cultural heritage and ornamental views. The relevant experts have concluded the Top 10 breathtaking views of T3 as follows:
1, Chinese Dragon-shape in general outline
Designed by the distinguished British architect, Norman Forster, the magnificent building turns out to resemble a giant dragon lying to the North-East of Beijing, when taking a bird's eye-view of its general outline.
2, Ornamental designs with cultural and historical implications
If you want to take your mind out of journey for a while, you do not have to devise ways to do so, for the lounge hall is well decorated with elaborated imitations of many famous Chinese classical paintings and cultural relics, many of them very realistic. Amid these are embraced famous Celestial Globe, an ancient device for seismological observations invented by Zhangheng, a scientist in the Han Dynasty; and the masterpiece paintings, the Festival of the Pure Brightness on the River, by Zhang Zeduan in the Song Dynasty.
3, Human concerns seen in design scheme
The whole building is well- illuminated, for its dome is devised into 155 seperate dragon-scales-like skylights, which are energy-conservative by making full use of the natural light. Energy-conservation aside, the bight dome can also serve as a Compass for some disoriented passengers by changing its colors, from red to orange, pointing to the due North.
4, Accessible from all directions
The third passenger terminal will radiate all-round with a well-planned road network, which has began to take shape. Rail tracks will be linked up from Dong Zhimen Station through to the ground traffic centers of T2 and T3. The expressways surrounding T3 will take the passengers more conveniently to and from the airport.
5, Highly-efficient and environment-friendly APM system
APM, a completely automated passenger transport system, was initiated in T3, which has been proven effective and clean in many air traffic hubs else where, like Atlanta and Madrid.
6, Advanced sorter conveying system
The baggage claim of T3 features the automated sorter and conveying system with the improved monitoring equipment, which hereby reduces the errors and accelerates the conveying speed.
7, Digital airport
The efficiency-oriented modern airports must be operated on a well-developed IT system. T3 is the globally largest independent terminal building, with a highly digital information platform, providing assorted user-friendly information services around the clock.
8, Pioneering Fly-by-Light Control System
As a highly digital ground guide and control system, Fly-by-Light Control System took as high as 600 million yuan RMB to build up.
9, Double-deck, multi-functional boarding bridge
The 18 combined boarding bridges out of 69 this kind can simultaneously serve two flights.
10, Garden-like airport
Sheltered in the dense wood, which extends up to 700,000 square meters and scatters with different varieties of trees, the terminal building will place passengers in an aesthetic experience as if a noon rambler idled through a fine garden, and help them ease the tension and anxiety from pushing on with their journey.
By People's Daily Online