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Gigantic “starfish”

Six arms and a new world record: the newly opened Beijing Daxing International Airport is the world's biggest in terms of floor space. Photo: iStock/ansonmiao

Viewed from above, the new Beijing Daxing International Airport looks like a starfish. A gigantic starfish, that is: measured of the area taken up by the building itself, the facility recently opened after being built in only four years, is the largest in the world. In contrast, the number of passengers to be cleared here per annum – 45 million – is comparatively modest. However, this number is expected to double over time. And this also makes this airport located some 50 kilometers south of China’s capital of increasing interest from a logistics perspective. After all, passenger jets almost always carry airfreight in their bellies, too. The overall design of the airport was accomplished by the Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, who passed away in 2016.

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