China's Beijing New International Airport (BNIA) selected NACO Netherlands Airport Consultants to design Beijing's second international airport (Airport-World, 07-Jul-2011). The company, a member of the DHV Group, was awarded the tender for the airport which will have an eventual capacity to handle up to 130 million passengers p/a with eight runways. BNIA, scheduled to open in 2017, is being constructed to complement the current Beijing Capital International Airport, which is expected to reach its maximum capacity within the next few years. The planned capacity for the second capital airport is at least 60 million passengers p/a, although phase I will have initial capacity for around 40 million passengers p/a. According to NACO, the master plan focusses on sustainability and the design incorporates all modes of public transport - including high-speed trains, metro and inter-airport trains - all of which will be based in a Ground Transportation Centre in front of the new terminals.
8-Jul-2011 10:47 AM