Beijing Daxing International Airport will balance its dual functions of being a transportation hub and tourist spot in the future, a senior official from China's air transport regulator said over the weekend.
Liu Chunchen, an official from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said that as of October 10, the airport had 1,237 flights taking off and landing, with an average daily frequency of 80 flights. Departing and arriving passengers totaled 187,000, with a daily average of 12,400.
More than 70,000 people visited the new airport daily for sightseeing, and total visitors reached 470,000 during the week-long holidays, resulting in a 13:1 ratio of visitors to passengers, he said. On October 3 in particular, there were 107,000 visitors, a ratio of 24:1 to passengers.
In the future, the airport's transportation hub function and sightseeing functions will be balanced, so that both can be taken care of, Liu said. "We are learning from the successful experience of other airports."
The airport, which has four runways, parking spaces for 150 airplanes and a 700,000-square-meter terminal, is expected to handle 45 million passengers by 2021 and 72 million by 2025.
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