Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Flying into Beijing terminal 3

NBC News Producer Adrienne Mong recently flew into the new Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital International Airport, the gateway to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At 14 million square feet, this is one large airport terminal:

...as the British press noted pointedly, the Beijing terminal is bigger than all five Heathrow terminals put together.

The new capacity means that Beijing Capital - already China's busiest airport with 53 million passengers traveling through in 2007 - will be able to handle nearly 90 million passengers a year by 2012.

Mong found the terminal a little devoid of people, but that will change as more carriers begin to use the monster.

Read the report at Flying into Beijing's mega-airport.

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