Beijing is now ready to handle the increased traffic for the 2008 summer Olympics. A new runway was opened yesterday that is 3,8 km long and 60 m wide. Even the A380 is able to take off and land on it. Today Beijing airport manages 1100 operations (take-offs and landings) daily. This number is expected to increase to 1900 during the Olympic games.
The next step of increasing the airport’s capacity will take place in February 2008 when the new terminal designed by British star architect Norman Foster will be opened for traffic. The new terminal will be one of the biggest airport terminal buildings in the world and with this additional building, Beijing will be able to handle 60 million passengers instead of the present 35 million yearly. The investment costs EUR 1,9 billion, but it is definately necessary for this mega sport event, where 500 thousand tourists are expected in August 2008.