That last-minute dash to the gate could soon become a marathon for some passengers in China. Beijing International Airport announced that it is building the world's biggest terminal, one that will cover 7.5 million square feet and handle 125,000 people each day. Alternatively known as Da Airport, it's slated to be completed in 2018.
The "mega-airport" a collaboration between the French airport design firm ADPI and noted British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. It's located 30 miles outside of Beijing and will serve as the city's hub for international flights. The current airport will be used for domestic operations.
Da Airport will resemble other architectural aviation marvels throughout Asia. The frame of the airport looks like an asterisk with six column-free wings spreading from the center section. The interior design will "reflect the Chinese landscape and culture,"
Once it's finished, this will be the busiest airport in China and second busiest in the world in terms of passenger size. (The world's busiest airport is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which handles 96 million passengers each year). Da Airport will eventually process more than 70 million people per year because of the country's burgeoning middle class, which is spending record amounts of money on travel.