China to have the world's largest cargo airport by 2017
The new airport will have nine runways and an annual capacity of more than 130 million passengers and 5 million metric tones (MT) of cargo.
Construction of the the runways wil begin this year at a 6,600-acre site at Daxing, 30 miles south of Beijing.
Beijing International Airport, the capital’s major air cargo hub, handled 1.7 million MT of cargo last year, up 10.7 % year-on-year, according to preliminary figures from Airports Council International.
The airport is the second largest by volume in China after Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport.
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