Following the opening of Beijing's Daxing Airport, China has been building another mega-airport in the province of Sichuan in southwest China.

Located 51 kilometes from Chengdu, work started on the Chengdu Tianfu Airport in 2016 with a scheduled opening in 2021. Expected to complement the current Chengdu Shuangliu Airport, the airport will make Chengdu one of three cities including Beijing and Shanghai served by more than one airport. The project is expected to be worth around RMB 72 Billion (USD $10.2 Billion).

Once completed, the new airport will be able to accomodate 40 million passengers with a maximum capacity of 90 million. It will feature two terminals covering an area of 330,000 square meters, and will have up to six runways - three inital runways and another two to be built in the future.

Initiated by the Sichuan provincial government, the airport's terminal design was done by China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute, China Airport Construction Group Corporation and French architectural firm ADP Ingenierie.

Image Credit: Xinhua News

Image Credit: Xinhua News

For access from the Chengdu area, several roads and metro lines will be built by the time the airport opens. Rail links from nearby cities of Ziyang and Zigong area expected to begin and be completed in the next few years.

With a population of over 14 million people (2014 estimates), Chengdu is an important economic and social capital in western China. In 2018, the Chengdu Shuangliu Airport has grown to handle over 52 million passengers serving as the main hub for Sichuan Airlines. It is also a hub for Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, and Hainan Airlines.

According to Airports Council International, Chengdu was the 26th busiest airport in the world in 2018 and was the fourth busiest in China after Beijing-Capital, Shanghai-Pudong, and Guangzhou Baiyun.

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