China To Study Second Beijing Airport

 - August 20, 2010, 11:52 AM

Chinese authorities plan to begin a feasibility study for a second airport to serve Beijing. China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and Beijing's municipal government will begin planning for the new facility later this year. The impetus for an additional facility is the fact that Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA), the city's primary airport, has been operating nearly at capacity and the inability to expand that existing airport due to space constraints. BCIA has the capacity to handle 86 million passengers annually, and this year it is forecast to see some 73 million passengers. The new airport would be situated in the city's southern end.