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Beijing's V terminal.

$1.1 billion project is scheduled for comptetion in October

Beijing Capital International Airport on Oct. 1 will be transformed from a domestic air traffic hub into an international hub with the opening of its new terminal complex.

Built to accommodate growth that saw passenger and freight traffic more than triple in the 10 years to 1997, the new complex represents an investment of CNR9.184 billion ($1.1 billion). Importantly, it provides the physical structure required to complete the airport's transition into a true international airport and complement BCIA's airside capabilities.

Ground for the project was broken on Oct. 26, 1995. The expansion program is based on the air traffic forecast for 2005, which shows that up to 35 million passengers and 780,000 tons of cargo will be handled by BCIA and annual aircraft movements will reach 190,000. In 1997, 16.91 million passengers and 458,000 tons of mail and cargo were handled on 141,185 flights. The passenger traffic was triple the terminals capacity, making the current expansion imperative.

The terminal area expansion program includes a 336,000-sq.-m passenger terminal and 16 supporting facilities, among them a 464,000-sq.-m terminal apron, a multistory parking building and a cargo complex.

At the beginning of 1999, the new passenger terminal was complete and being outfitted. …

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