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Beijing's new mega airport welcomed the first test plane today as the sprawling £9 billion hub gears up for its opening this year.
The aircraft took off from Beijing Capital Airport at 9.28am local time and arrived at the brand new Beijing Daxing International Airport after a quick 42-minute flight, according to China Central Television Station.
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The test flight marks the beginning of a two-month assessment to check the quality of the airport's runways and air-control facilities. The airport is scheduled to complete on June 30 and open on September 30.
Beijing Daxing International Airport, designed by late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, is expected to handle 100 million passenger a year in the long run, which makes it the busiest airport in the world on par with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the United States.
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It is also set to be one of the world's largest airfields. Occupying 47 square kilometres (18 square miles) - the equivalent to 33 Hype Parks or four-fifth of Manhattan - the brand new facility will double the size of Beijing Capital Airport, which is the city's current main airport and the largest airport in China.
Four runways will be complete when the first passengers check in at the airport in autumn and a total of seven have been planned to handle China's growing number of air travellers.
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The gigantic airport is made up of 1.6 million cubic metres of concrete and 52,000 tonnes of steel.
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